Why did the Sheriff conduct "behind the scenes" negotiations instead of using his authority to prevent this overreach by the feds from ever happening?
Why won't the feds comply with state laws on livestock trespass? They are a landowner in the state and each state has trespass laws that all the other landowners follow. They comply with state law on water rights, on hunting, on speed limits and so on, so why not on trespass?
Why is the issue of jurisdiction never brought up? Which entity, the feds or the state, exercises exclusive legislative jurisdiction over the BLM lands in question here? See Art. I, § 8, Cl 17 of the Constitution which limits federal jurisdiction.