Step away from the cow and mooove slowly away. Rep. Casey Murdock filed a bill to increase the minimum penalty for cattle theft in Oklahoma from three years to five years.
Stolen cattle can mean the end of a ranching family, said Murdock, R-Felt. If a thief hits a convenience store, most likely that store will be open tomorrow. If a thief steals some cattle, that family is in danger of losing their whole farm or ranch.
Stealing a cow is a pretty low act, but three years in prison and having to tell other inmates you got busted for cattle theft seems like a steep penalty already. Then again, tougher punishments might help reverse the trend of growing cattle thefts, which more than doubled last year in Oklahoma, according to the Department of Agriculture.