A Cow Strayed Onto My Land, Can I Keep It?

Any person may take up any stray found upon his premises, or upon any public land and that person must report it to the sheriff of the county in which the stray is taken up within twenty­four hours. In giving notice to the sheriff, the taker­up must describe the stray to the sheriff by stating the kind of animal, color, weight, size, sex and age, the marks, brands or other distinguishing features of the animal, and the place where the animal is kept and the address of the taker­up.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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