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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.

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