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Butch T. Cougar

Butch T. Cougar | Washington State University Mascot

The cougar was adopted as Washington State University's mascot in 1919. In 1927, a cougar cub was presented to the student body of Washington State and Butch T. Cougar was born. The cougar was named Butch after Herbert "Butch" Meeker of Spokane, a football star of the day. Butch was represented by a live cougar until 1978 when Butch VI died at age 15. Today Butch is represented by a costumed student. The primary duties of Butch T. Cougar is to be an ambassador of WSU. He can be seen roaming the sidelines at home American football and basketball games leading spirit chants and tossing collectibles into the stands. Butch also makes appearances at official Washington State University events and events that promote the image of WSU.

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