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Group suing BLM for records about Bundy Ranch standoff

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Shannon Bushman

The stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management and supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy near Bunkerville is shown April 12, 2014. The BLM eventually called off its roundup of Bundy cattle citing safety concerns.

BLM-Bundy Standoff: April 12, 2014

Photos of the April 12, 2014 stand-off between the Bureau of Land Management and supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy near Bunkerville, Nevada. The BLM eventually called off their roundup of Bundy cattle citing safety concerns. Courtesy of Shannon Bushman. Launch slideshow »

An advocacy group is suing the federal Bureau of Land Management for records it says the agency is withholding about its handling of a standoff with supporters of a southern Nevada rancher in a dispute over grazing rights.

Federal officials in Nevada and Washington, D.C., didn't immediately respond Friday to messages about the lawsuit.

It was filed Thursday in Washington by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

It alleges the BLM isn't responding to Freedom of Information Act requests for documents about the BLM's April 12 decision to halt a roundup of Cliven Bundy's cattle in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The group also alleges the BLM is refusing for the first time since 1996 to provide an annual accounting of threats and attacks against employees.

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