Citizens applaud sheriff’s call that militia members ‘go home’

The occupation of theMalheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Ore., by militia members sounded terribly ominous at first, with estimates of up to 100militia members “willing to kill or be killed” present and a Facebook video calling for patriots from all across the Untied States to join their cause.

When reporters finally made it to the outpost and wandered aroundinside the number dropped to “maybe20” and images of rooms lined with semi-automatic rifles were replaced by photographs of “fuel, food, hiking boots.”

Residents of Burnsattended a town meeting this afternoon regarding the situation at the wildlife refuge, and many were fed up with the whole situation.

Harney County Sheriff David Wardhas been the only law enforcement officer seen in the area, and he let the militia know they weren’t welcome.

Some citizens saidthey were prepared to confront the occupiers face-to-face and ask them to move along.