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A group of armed men from around the Pacific Northwest who arrived at the occupied national wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday morning, left on Saturday afternoon after the people leading the occupation told them they were not needed.

Todd MacFarlane, a Utah lawyer acting as a mediator, said occupation leader Ammon Bundy didn’t want the armed visitors there and was concerned about the perception they conveyed.

A man standing guard pushes the media aside after members of the "3% of Idaho" group along with several other organizations arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. A small, armed group has been occupying the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest federal land use policies. convoy oregon wildlife refuge(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A man standing guard pushes the media aside after members of the “3% of Idaho” group along with several other organizations arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. A small, armed group has been occupying the remote national wildlife refuge in Oregon for a week to protest federal land use policies. convoy oregon wildlife refuge(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Oregonian reports Bundy told them they didn’t need the security services the group was offering. MacFarlane says Bundy and the other leaders of the occupation were “alarmed” by the arrival of the Pacific Patriot Network members, some of whom were carrying rifles.

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A convoy of more than a dozen pickup trucks carrying armed men arrived at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday.

Some of the men carrying rifles told journalists they were there to help with security for the group that has occupied the headquarters of the refuge since Jan. 2.

The Oregonian reported the men said they were members of the Pacific Patriot Network, a consortium of groups from Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

They arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge midmorning, carrying rifles and handguns and dressed in military attire and bulletproof vests.

Their leader, Brandon Curtiss, said the group came to “de-escalate” the situation by providing security for those inside and outside the compound.

One of the original occupiers of the refuge, LaVoy Finicum, said the group appreciates the Pacific Patriot Network’s help, but “we want the long guns put away.”