A rancher from New Mexico signed a letter Saturday telling the federal government he will no longer honor his grazing contract.
Armed occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge had hoped more ranchers would step forward. But Adrian Sewell, who owns 160 acres in New Mexico, was the only one.
He bought his ranch four years ago for about $1 million. It included grazing rights to 33,000 acres of public land.
Sewell said his grazing contract allows for 140 head of cattle, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service is restricting him to 85.