ranch·er | \ˈran-chər \

Definition of rancher 

: one who owns or works on a ranch

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Cliven, who wasn’t present in Oregon, and LaVoy Finicum were among the only actual ranchers in the crew. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Trump’s Pardon Condones Western Rebellion," 12 July 2018 The president of Surprise Valley Community’s board, for instance, is a rancher. Washington Post, "Outsiders Swoop In Vowing To Rescue Rural Hospitals Short On Hope — And Money," 6 June 2018 On initial approach up a long driveway, the house appears to be a simple rancher in the woods. Diane Fiske, Philly.com, "An Ambler dream house nine years in the making," 16 May 2018 In this instance, a rancher in Baker County requested the right to kill the entire Pine Creek pack, but ODFW set the limit at two animals. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Oregon rancher approved to kill 2 wolves; advocates alarmed," 12 Apr. 2018 Texas happens to be home to most of the nation’s feral pigs, according to a publication focused on farmers and ranchers in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. W. Gardner Selby, San Antonio Express-News, "Publication half right about Texas being top spot for feral pigs," 23 Feb. 2018 Most of the land ranchers run cattle on in the West is federal land. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 USDA Wildlife Services removes and kills millions of coyotes and other animals each year on behalf of ranchers, farmers, homeowners and airport operators. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Night shift: Animals are retreating into the darkness out of fear of humans," 28 June 2018 The group seized the bird sanctuary Jan. 2, 2016, and held it for 41 days in a protest against the imprisonment of two ranchers. Fox News, "Final defendant sentenced for Oregon refuge takeover," 12 June 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who lives or works on a ranch

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