Four remaining occupiers of wildlife refuge surrender to FBI
BURNS, OR —
After nearly six weeks, the stand-off at an Oregon refuge is over. The four remaining occupiers surrendered to the FBI Thursday.
These SUV's carried out the last holdouts of the militia that seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon on January second.
The FBI said the refuge will remain closed for several weeks. They want to make sure there are no explosives or people left, and that no new people come to take up the cause.
"I want to make it very clear that we will continue to enforce federal law here in Harney County and anyone who travels to Oregon with the intent of breaking the law will be held accountable and will be arrested," said FBI special agent Gregery Bretzing.
The original demands of the militia were that the government turn over the land to locals and release two imprisoned ranchers.
These four occupiers will appear in court Friday in Portland. They face felony charges of conspiracy to keep federal workers from doing their job through force or intimidation.