The real damage of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 'occupation' by a bunch of yahoos has yet to be determined. In particular, the setbacks to scientific research in the preserve is what particularly chaps my ass.
The original inhabitants of the region, the Burns Paiute, denounced the occupation, as it impinged on territory they hold sacred and endangered artifacts. When Burns Paiute Tribal Chair Charlotte Rodrique indicated that the Bundy Bunch should leave, Ammon 'Hello, Dad, I'm in Jail' Bundy had a dismissive, somewhat racist response to her:
“I don’t know much about that. That is interesting,” he said. “They have rights as well. I would like to see them free from the federal government.”
Besides the archaeological damage the nutbags have caused, their occupation threatens the upkeep of the wildlife refuge right before the Spring migration season starts- Malheur is a critical spot along the Pacific Flyway. Among the many bird species that come to the Malheur site is the sandhill crane (Grus canadensis). These birds are known for their majestic mating dances:
Less majestic is the mating dance of the red-necked loon:
I think the incarcerated Bundy boys should be forced to watch that video over and over again.
At any rate, these fuckers sinned against science, and I find that unpardonable.