After Meeting With Sheriff, Bundy Says He Still Won’t Leave Oregon Refuge

Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, smiles as he arrives for a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after meeting with Harney County Sheriff David Ward Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016,... Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, smiles as he arrives for a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after meeting with Harney County Sheriff David Ward Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Ward and two other Oregon sheriffs met Thursday with Bundy, the leader of an armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge and asked them to leave, after residents made it clear they wanted them to go home. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) MORE LESS
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Ammon Bundy, one of the leaders of a militia that has taken over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said that a Thursday meeting with the county sheriff had not persuaded him to leave.

Harney County Sheriff David Ward asked Bundy to leave and sought a peaceful resolution with the militia

Following the meeting, Bundy told reporters that the militiamen will not leave the refuge until residents gain control of Harney County, according to The Oregonian.

“Until we can see that there is a great momentum and the people can get doing that themselves, then we will remain,” Bundy said, according to The Oregonian. “That could be a week, that could be a year.”

Bundy said that he would consider what Ward said, but told reporters that he did not believe the sheriff addressed the militia’s grievances, according to Reuters.

Ward initially said on Thursday that he would meet with the militia again on Friday. But after hearing Bundy’s comments to reporters after the meeting, the sheriff said that he would not call the militiamen on Friday, according to The Oregonian.

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