In a statement, the association noted that Bundy's case had been reviewed by a federal judge, and that a legal decision had been rendered to remove the cattle. The statement said that NCA "does not feel it is in our best interest to interfere in the process of adjudication in this matter, and in addition NCA believes the matter is between Mr. Bundy and the federal courts."
Asked about the Bundy situation, NCA president Ron Torell told ABC News, "This has gotten way out of hand."
Asked if other Nevada cattlemen were as angry with the federal government as Bundy, Torell said, "absolutely not."
It's true, he said, that many NCA members are disgruntled at having to deal with BLM's bureaucracy. But, he noted, 87 percent of Nevada land is public land, so cattlemen cannot survive on private land alone. "It's important for our permitees to work with the land management agencies. We want to be good stewards of the land -- to protect natural resources."
Of the Bundy affair, he said, "These types of situations have a way of painting the entire industry with controversy."