Distinctly Montana Magazine

Distinctly Montana Winter 2018

Distinctly Montana Magazine

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D I S T I N C T LY M O N TA N A • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 76 To be really picky, Ira Myers brought his cats to Idaho. Montana Territory wouldn't be established until the following year. Bound- aries change. Countries change. Stories change. Perhaps the question would be more easily answered if humans just stepped out of the picture. When cats were suspected of complicity with witches, they were called "familiars." But it's the dog, after all, which science has tagged Canis familiaris. e cat's name, Felis catus (basically "cat cat") is a frank acknowledgement that they have never really needed an introduction. ey are simply themselves; supreme hunters, curious explorers, working partners and, when there is mutual respect, friends. "A STORE AS UNIQUE AS MISSOULA." 301 N. Higgins Missoula, MT Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 12pm - 4pm 406-541-0080 greenlightmt.com Girls with kittens, photo courtesy Museum of the Rockies

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