[Cdt-l] harassment of hikers

Trekker4 at aol.com Trekker4 at aol.com
Mon Nov 2 11:10:40 CST 2009

Legal question for all'a y'all:
    Is a BLM grazing lease similar to an apartment  lease? If you lease an 
apartment, you have control and protections,  against warrantless searches, 
trespass, etc. Is a BLM lease of public land only  for grazing, but not 
control, against us hiker trash trespass, on the land  not a public road? I 
understand that public roads are public; we have public  roads through ranches 
here in Big Bend, but many ranchers gave up public  maintenance to lock the 
gate at the highway. Keith, your email implies no  trespass control. Do you 
or anyone have any legal input, just for the  knowledge of it?  
Bob  "Trekker"
Big Bend Desert Denizen, and...
Naturalized Citizen - Republic  of Texas  

In a message dated 10/31/2009 1:40:24 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
ks1007 at aol.com writes:

I'd like to add my 2 cents worth to jonathan's and  ron's entries
this year we have had about 21 thru hikers north and  southbound come 
through on the columbus route - ron is the only one to have  any problems - he 
was on a county road in the middle of nowhere and a rancher  rolls up on him - 
he was not on the trail - of course, the rancher is going to  be curious as 
to what you are doing there - in southern new mexico many  ranchers lease 
BLM (federal) land - the ranchers think they own the land they  are leasing - 
they don't - don't let this isolated incident scare you away  from doing 
the columbus route - if you do run into a disgruntled rancher try  to find out 
what ranch he is from and let me know - I will go out there and  talk with 
them - like I said earlier this is one person out of 21- if you stay on the 
trail you are in the  middle of nowhere and most likely will not be seen - 
one of the ranchers this  past spring invited 2 nobo's to his house for dinner
any questions? 
trail angel
deming,  NM

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