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Farmers arming themselves after finding pipeline protesters in their fields

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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Some farmers in North Dakota are taking matters into their own hands after coming face-to-face with pipeline protesters.

Jared Ernst told KFYR  that after finding protesters on his farm, he decided to arm himself.

Ernst says a group protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline drove through his alfalfa field to unload a trailer of horses.

“When they were in the field, I had asked them to get off the field, they were on private property and they were trespassing. One of the individuals said it is Native land and that I needed to leave. There were a few that came up swinging lariats, kind of makes a guy nervous,” he said.

The encounter ended peacefully, but Ernst says that many of the nearby residents have decided to begin carrying weapons after that.

A spokesperson for the Red Warrior camp says that none of the demonstrators are violent.