September 4, 2014 3:49 pm -

A group of heavily-armed border militia members mistook conservationists researching bats for illegal immigrants or smugglers, and confronted them in a scenario that could have gone terribly wrong.

On Aug. 23rd in the Gardner Canyon area, a small group of conservationists ventured out in the middle of the night to conduct a wildlife population survey, in this case, counting bats, according to Tuscon News NOW.


According to Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, the armed  militiamen were on ATVs and wearing camouflage.

“Obviously, they mistook them for smugglers or illegal entrants,” Estrada said. “They were armed. They put a spotlight on them.”

A report was filed with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department by the conservationists.

The are the militia group sought to catch migrants, happened near Sonoita where people camp and hike and hunt, according to the paper.

One of the militiamen apologized to the group of conservationists, who apparently did not want to hear it, according the Sheriff.

“Of course, they weren’t very receptive about the apology. They actually told them that’s something you should not be doing. There’s danger out there.There’s other groups of people in campsites,” Estrada said.

Sheriff Estrada says Santa Cruz County is not receptive to militia groups.

“These people that are completely out of their environment. They really don’t know the area. They don’t know the terrain. They have little knowledge of the dynamics of the border. So it can be a real problem,” Estrada said. “We really don’t want them here.”

“It can be a problem for them. It can be a problem for the people, just like in this particular case. Things could have gone terribly wrong,” Estrada continued. “They really don’t accomplish anything. They really don’t. With about 1,000 Border Patrol Agents here in Santa Cruz County, a little group of any militiamen are not going to make any difference at all. As a matter of fact, they’re going to get in the way and they could get hurt. Or they could hurt somebody else.”

After the militiamen called Border Patrol agents who had to travel to  the area, they encountered people studying bats.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent us a written statement regarding the incident. Via Tucson News:

“On August 23, at approximately 10 p.m., Tucson Sector agents received a phone call from a member of a militia group reporting suspicious activity in the area of Sonoita, Arizona. Sonoita station agents responded and encountered a small group of biologists studying bats.

CBP does not endorse or support any private group or organization to take border security matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences. CBP strongly encourages concerned citizens to call the U.S. Border Patrol and/or local law enforcement authorities if they witness or suspect illegal activity.

Securing our nation’s borders can be dangerous. Interdicting narcotics and deterring and apprehending individuals illegally entering the United States requires highly-trained, law enforcement personnel. In all cases, individuals should not attempt to detain, provide transportation or any other assistance to migrants that may be viewed as furtherance of illegal entry. Detaining or assisting an undocumented migrant could result in prosecution.”

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

23 responses to Armed Border Militiamen Mistakenly Confront Conservationists Counting Bats

  1. labman57 September 4th, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Bat biologists accosted by bat-shit crazy, gun-toting vigilantes — news at 11.

  2. Obewon September 4th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Bitten by bats, the heavily-armed border militia members now suffer ebola virus fever.

    • fahvel September 5th, 2014 at 3:37 am

      if only!

  3. jasperjava September 4th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Environmentalists? They’re Commie anti-MurriKKKan hippie tree huggers! Almost as bad as the Muslim terrorist Mexicans trying to cross the border, lazy wetbacks coming to take our jobs!


  4. Maxx44 September 4th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Vigilantism: “Taking the law into one’s own hands and attempting to effect justice according to one’s own
    understanding of right and wrong.”

    So, by definition vigilantes are breaking the law. Why aren’t the whole lot of them under arrest?

    • uzza September 4th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      People who don’t belong to any organized military or law enforcement
      group, who go armed, who terrorize and even kill civilians, e.g. Shawna
      Ford, are now classified as “unlawful combatants”, and held in Guantanamo.
      Unless they’re white Christains, of course. .

    • granpa.usthai September 4th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Great Question – WTF are the Feds that supposedly uphold the Constitutional Rights of AMERICAN CITIZENS that don’t like being assaulted by ammosexual IDIOTS?

    • greenfloyd September 5th, 2014 at 2:11 am

      I don’t think this event fits your definition of “vigilantism.” Stupid? ill-advised? Dangerous? You betcha! Both groups were operating on public land, along with thousands of Border Patrol, DEA, and a wide array of other federal and state agents in Gardner Canyon, just north of the Nogales border crossing. A formidable no-mans land where it’s not uncommon to find dead bodies along the way. It’s no secret that despite the billions we spend each year to enforce immigration and drug laws, parts of this area are under the control of neither the US or Mexican governments, creating a power vacuum into which cartels, gangs and local thugs have taken hold. Enter the allegations and rumors featured on of Islamic State in nearby Juraez/El Paso, planing “car bomb” attacks in the US and how that might influence these and all the other “militiamen” who are also sucked into that vacuum.

  5. Billy Jackson September 4th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    There’s more guano hanging around the border, holding guns than what the actual bats produce.

  6. tiredoftea September 4th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    The latest from the Coen Brothers, “No Country For Stupid White Militiamen”

  7. Tommy6860 September 4th, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    If and when one of these idiots kill someone who isn’t one trying to cross the border, I can see no charges being filed for fear of white trash backlash for idiots protecting one of their many definitions of free-dumb.

    • granpa.usthai September 4th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      The federal government does seem to OVERLY FAVOR white racist ammosexuals who enjoy ‘playing’ law enforcement/revolutionary minutemen/wild ass terrorist and the like. Firearms are classified as a ‘deadly weapon’. When one points them at a human being, that is assault with a deadly weapon. When ARMED unregulated BLACK militias start seizing shopping malls/fine restaurants/yacht clubs, etc. looking for illegal white aliens, we’ll see what the reaction will be. If it’s ANY DIFFERENT than this; North Korea will rule the day at any human rights commission hearing.

  8. granpa.usthai September 4th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hopefully, one day these idiots will be caught on the side of the border with their sexual objects in hand, where the LAW of the land does not favor being a WHITE RACIST. I’m in full favor of Mexico detaining them in a North Korean detention center under an international agreement of mutual protection of citizens.

    • fahvel September 5th, 2014 at 3:35 am

      once again gramps, brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. mmaynard119 September 4th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Rick Perry is bats……..

  10. William September 4th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Sounds like these idiot soldier wann-bes arrived on the “short” tank.

  11. greenfloyd September 5th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Great post anomoly100, thank you.

    Another example of how bat-crazy things are along the US/Mexico border. Please save a little derision of these “Miltiamen” for the abject failure of our government to actually control our border. It’s a long story and nothing new… even though Labor Day has come and gone, Mr. President!

    • DaddyO_969 September 5th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      It simply isn’t possible to ‘control’ the border. NO wall in history has EVER worked to keep people in or out (depending on the viewpoint). Never. The sooner that is realized the better. Armed response (by untrained, unregulated idiots with guns) is not the solution.

      • greenfloyd September 5th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

        I don’t want any “wall,” in fact I would like to see an open boder with Mexico. Legalize and regulate all the drugs, normalize immigration and pay much more attention to helping our Southern neighbors deal with their social and economic problems. IMHO Obama should be at least as pro-active on this as he is with Islamic State. I see today he announced, again, he is about to make a move, without Congress, on “immigration.” While he’s at he should denouce the failed Drug War and bring the “troops” home…

      • VALERIE MARTIN September 6th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

        Didn’t you hear?
        Rick Perry has secured the Boarder!
        No more worries, eh?

  12. David L. Pharr September 5th, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Just a matter of time till they start shooting. I expect them to shoot police or those Texas Guard soldiers or Border Guard.

  13. DaddyO_969 September 5th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I wish the media would stop referring to them as ‘militias’. They’re not. They are misguided idiots who have no business at all carrying guns and threatening anyone. Where is the proper response from legitimate law enforcement and the Federal Government? People will get killed by these idiots and then what?

  14. VALERIE MARTIN September 6th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    it’s OFFICIAL!
    The INMATES are running
    the ASYLUM!!!