Lawsuit: Cliven Bundy’s Wandering Cows Allegedly Caused Car Crash

Rancher Cliven Bundy speaks at a protest area near Bunkerville, Nev. Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)
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A woman sued Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for negligence since a cattle he let roam on public land caused her to crash her car, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

In April, the Bureau of Land Management let Bundy use federal land for his cattle even though he hasn’t paid grazing fees in years after an intense standoff between the rancher’s militia and the federal government.

Just two days after the BLM released Bundy’s cattle, multiple cows wandered onto an interstate highway, where one collided with a car. The crash killed the cow and seriously injured a Las Vegas woman.

Danielle Beck filed a lawsuit on Sunday and said Bundy “recklessly, carelessly and negligently allowed his cows to enter onto Interstate 15 through an area where he had no grazing or other rights.”

According to the police report, Beck and her boyfriend Matthew Zanatta encountered multiple cows in both lanes of the interstate. Zanatta tried to stop the car, but ended up hitting a cow and swerved off the road. The cows apparently made it onto the highway through a hole in a fence.

Bundy on Wednesday said that he’s not responsible for the car accident.

“It’s a state problem. It’s not our problem,” Bundy told the Review-Journal. “We really feel bad when it happens. We sure don’t want it to happen. But we’re not liable.”

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