You may have heard about the federal confrontation with a Nevada rancher named Bundy, whose family's been ranching there since the 1870s - long before the establishment of the federal agencies involved. Ostensibly to protect the desert tortoise, BLM and others claimed the land and banned him from running cattle there.
Well, his family's title to the land was established by Abraham Lincoln's homesteading act; in theory, the feds can't just run in and steal it. Moreover, if they want to keep his cattle from roaming onto other lands, BLM needs to fence it. That's the way it's been done for well over a century in the West.
Instead, the FAA established a No Fly Zone over the property, and the BLM brought in trucks, trailers, horses, and cowboys to rustle some 350 of Bundy's cattle. They also set up a so-called "free speech zone", which is an obvious breach of the US Constitution's Amendments, and they tasered and arrested three of Brady's kids for crimes ranging from filming their actions to "disorderly conduct" - declining to leave their own property when ordered to do so.
The whole thing brings back memories of Ruby Ridge and Waco, and prompted condemnation by governors and Senators from around the West. Then the private militias started arriving.
BLM and other agencies are reportedly reconsidering their activities, and the so-called "free speech area" has been dismantled. As for the desert tortoise ruse, that appears to be exactly what it is: it's been reported that Hairy Reed wants the land for a solar installation.