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If, like me, you’ve been curious why the Bundy gang bothered to pick a remote wildlife refuge visitors center to stage their drama, Lauren Fox has some interesting backstory on that question. The jailed ranchers who inspired militia types to flock to Oregon in the first place have a long history of confrontations with the refuge, which is adjacent to their ranch. And when I say confrontations … Dwight Hammond, Jr., the ranching family patriarch (pictured), reportedly made death threats against the refuge’s managers on multiple occasions: 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1994. You might call that a pattern. More here.

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