What a bias story with all the cute pictures of the 'kitty'! Has anyone (to include the 'journalist') stopped for one minute to give some thought to the fact that it's actually against the law to pick up a wild animal even in an attempt to 'rescue' it? (It's called 'unlawful possession of a game animal'.) And given that the 'rescuers' had no idea what they were dealing with, let alone any background in bilology or animal medicine (oh and the fact that it's a year later), it would seem a little odd that they are suddenly experts in the field of wildlife management.
And to say that Loewen 'enjoys' some sort of celebrity status is a clear case of a 'journalist' who has taken no time whatsover to get to know Dave Loewen. (I have the good fortune to work with a number of Game Wardens in Montana and Loewen is a true leader among his peers.) Loewen has been 'featured' because he takes his work seriously. A few of those articles he's been 'featured' in include rescuing stranded and capsized boaters and solving the case of a trophy bull elk poached on superbowl sunday. Seems to me those instances warrant 'celebrity' given his life saving actions and conviction to his job. And let's all keep in mind- Loewen didn't pick up the cute little kitty from the wild and illegally transport it to Helena- an action which endangered the animal's life even more. And to insinuate that Loewen has a bias towards cats because he did his job and shot a lion of an elderly woman's deck is equally rediculous! (By the way, a little investigative journalism may have turned up a very appreciative homeowner.)
In my mind the real tragedy here is, once again, humans who assume they get to rescue wild animals from nature's course of survival and then cry foul when it doesn't go their way with a happy ending. It's difficult for anyone who spends time in the 'woods' to see stranded, injured or abandoned animals but that's the ethical approach and it's the law. You would think that the 'rescuers' would have known that given their location and Howser's 'former' position at Lubrecht. And next time, how about a balanced article- cute pictures of the kitty, how about a few of Loewen or other Wardens (who are tasked with making snap judgement calls every day) pulling a drowning boater from the water while risking their own lives- you know, stuff that allows them 'to enjoy celebrity'. As for the 'rescuers', next time leave the cute animals in the woods- for better or worse.
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