Though it's unclear exactly how the bobcat had gotten into that watery predicament, things may very well have ended in tragedy had the Herefords not come along.
“They believed that if they didn't net it, it was going to drown,” Cindy Benson, who spoke with the Herefords afterward, told The Missoulian. “It looked really tired."
Fortunately, however, this "fish tale" has a happy ending.
The Herefords did not respond to The Dodo’s request for an interview, but in a comment online, Brett’s father later wrote that the bobcat was carried back to dry land and safely released — thus concluding a day on the lake the Herefords are likely to never forget.