The FBI called its response to an armed group that’s occupied an Oregon wildlife refuge for weeks “deliberate and measured,” NBC News reported.
While the FBI said it recognizes the occupation has caused disruption to the county, it says it is seeking a “peaceful resolution,” the statement said.
"The FBI recognizes that many in the community have questions about why we are here and our role in helping to end the occupation of the wildlife refuge," the FBI said Thursday.
The armed group took over a building at the wildlife refuge on Jan. 2 after two ranchers were convicted of burning public land. The group says its aim is the release of father and son Dwight and Steven Hammond. An attorney for the Hammonds has said the group doesn’t speak for the two ranchers.