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Armed group in Oregon destroys federal park fences

LaVoi Finicum speaks to the media at the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, on sixth day of the occupation of the federal building, in Burns, Oregon, on January 7, 2016A small group of armed activists who have occupied a remote wildlife refuge in Oregon ratcheted things up a notch Monday by destroying fencing surrounding the federal property. The group, which took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ten days ago, used pliers and an excavator found on site to tear down barbed-wire fencing that marks the edge of the park. Ammon Bundy, who has led the revolt, said that the protesters acted at the request of a rancher who wanted to graze his 600 cattle on the federal property, but was prevented from doing so when the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) installed the fence last year.

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