Community Cheers Oregon Sheriff Urging Armed Group to Leave

An Oregon sheriff's patience ended with an armed group occupying federal land on Wednesday and told them to pack it up. 

"You don't get to come here from elsewhere and tell us how we're going to live our lives," said Harney County Sheriff David Ward. 

Ward made the comments at a community meeting to discuss the ongoing situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which was seized by the group following a demonstration in Burns on Saturday. The town, which has a population of little more than a couple thousand, has treated the armed group with caution, closing schools and many, like the sheriff, urging the group to leave. 

The group took over the unoccupied facility following a protest over the prison sentences imposed on a pair of ranchers, father and son Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted of setting fires that spread to public land.

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