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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy calls the federal government terrorists for sending armed officials to round up his cattle.

Responding to comments Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made calling Bundy’s armed backers “domestic terrorists,” the Nevada rancher said Reid is trying to “stir something up.”

“Talk about terrorists, it seems like those people who were holding those high-powered weapons against we the people of the state of Nevada and visiting neighbors, they had to be the terrorists,” Bundy told KXNT. “Can you imagine the way they were armed, the way they act and come against the people? Isn’t that what we think of as being a terrorist?

“It wasn’t the people that were terrorists. The United States government had to be the terrorists.”

Bundy noted that he doesn’t feel safe following Reid’s comments.

“Well it seems like we’re becoming more in a danger zone when you have a United States Senate leader making these accusations,” Bundy told KXNT. “What’s keeping him from sending his Army one more time?”

Reid, speaking at an event hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Thursday, referred to Saturday’s armed confrontation between BLM agents and self-described militia members supporting the Bunkerville rancher.

“Cliven Bundy does not recognize the United States,” Reid said. “He says the United States is a foreign government, he doesn’t pay his taxes, he doesn’t pay his fees and he doesn’t follow the law.”

Bundy says Reid’s claim is false.

“He’s totally wrong,” Bundy told KXNT. “I pay taxes, we’ve always paid taxes.”

After the confrontation, the BLM released almost 400 of Bundy’s cattle that had been rounded up. The BLM says its action was spurred by Bundy’s failure to pay more than $1 million in grazing fees on federal land.

No shots were fired in Saturday’s confrontation.

Bundy says he is the “last man standing” against the federal government.

“They’ve already taken it away from my neighbors, all across the western United States they’ve taken a lot of it,”

Bundy stated. “And I’ve just been what I guess you’d call stubborn enough or whatever to not say ‘no.’ And they’ve come at me because I’m an example of ‘no.’”

Bundy says he doesn’t recognize federal authority on the land his family has used since the 1870s.

Reid says a federal task force is being formed to resolve the dispute.

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