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Oregon militant leader Ammon Bundy exudes calm as he presides over occupation

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Les Zaitz / The Oregonian via AP

Ammon Bundy speaks with a protester Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, during a march on behalf of a Harney County ranching family in Burns, Ore. Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a standoff with the government over grazing rights in Nevada, told The Oregonian that he and two of his brothers were among a group of dozens of people occupying the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

BURNS, Ore. — Ammon Bundy, the militant leader holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, strolled through the headquarters grounds Sunday as if he had no cares.

He looked like any other rancher braving the subfreezing temperatures of the Harney Basin — a brown cowboy hat clamped onto his head, thick gloves on his hands.

But the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is presiding over an occupation.

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