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A memorable project in the eyes of then director, Dr. James F. Short, was a student survey surrounding an incident known as “Butchgate.” In 1978 WSU’s live cougar mascot, Butch VI, passed away leaving the WSU community with the dilemma of locating another live cougar.

Butch VI
The Current Butch

Student concern surrounding the welfare of the large cat mascots raised the question of whether a live mascot was necessary. The survey, sponsored by ASWSU’s Environmental Task Force Committee, revealed that 63% of students opposed using a live cougar to replace Butch VI. As a result, WSU President Glenn Terrell ended the tradition and our current mascot, Butch T. Cougar, was born!