Ammon Bundy takes up Hughes Creek issue

The man who led an armed standoff with the federal government at an Oregon wildlife refuge has offered his support to the landowners with property behind a controversial gate in Hughes Creek  in southern Ravalli County.

Ammon Bundy published a lengthy blog post Thursday that claims county and federal officials conspired with members of different environmental groups to illegally acquire public access through private property in Upper Hughes Creek.

“For over 40 years, the U.S. Forest Service and special interest environmental groups in Ravalli County, Montana, have attempted to destroy the right to private property with the ploy of public access,” Bundy wrote.

The Hughes Creek Road issue has a long history filled with court challenges and animosity.

If the commission chooses to stay the course and remove the gate, Bugli said the property owners plan to make a stand. At this point, Bugli said he can’t say what that would look like.

Bundy said he and Eric Parker of The Real Three Percent of Idaho, made a trip to Ravalli County following an invitation by the Bugli family. Parker may be best known for the 2014 photograph of him prone on an overpass pointing an assault rifle toward a Bureau of Land Management base camp in Nevada during the standoff at the Bundy Ranch.

“Three Percenters” are groups that view the federal government as overreaching, and take their name from their belief that only 3% of colonists fought against the British in the Revolutionary War.