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The Bundy bros are back at it.

Just six days after their acquittal, the Oregon ranchers who occupied a federal wildlife refuge last winter say there may well be another standoff soon.

“Absolutely! That’s the best thing in the world for [people] to do,” Ryan Bundy told the Washington Post from inside a jail, referring to a reprise of his 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest federal control of, well, federal land.

The younger Bundy — son of Cliven — remains jailed due to a separate armed standoff in 2014, also related to public land. Old habits die hard?

This fresh hint of menace from the Bundys pertains to the Obama administration’s plan to create a national monument at Gold Butte. It would include 350,000 acres of desert that’s home to rare sandstone, ancient petroglyphs, and vulnerable tortoises — that happens to lie just south of the Bundy ranch.

The ranchers’ complaint? An overreach of presidential power, as usual, and valuing tortoises over people. To be fair, tortoises have never laid siege to federal property.