MALHEUR REFUGE, Ore. — Oregon militia members that had been staging an armed occupation of the state’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Area, are leaving. The reason given for the exodus was a long-scheduled Oregon Conference Pathfinder winter camp that was due to take place this weekend.
“Our quarrel is with the federal government, not a bunch of little scouts that want to camp and grill s’mores,” said militia spokesperson, Rancher Rambo. He said that his group began to reconsider their occupation after being contacted about the scheduling conflict by the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The militia group had originally occupied the refuge on Janaury 2 in protest of what they said were onerous federal land restrictions as well as the imprisonment of two local ranchers.
Rambo said that the clincher in the group’s decision to vacate the land was news that the Oregon Pathinders were “courageously attempting to get their knot-tying patches in hands-down the worst weather for finger dexterity.”
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