Police Dispatch

The Wildcats Will Not “Beaver Down”

North Vine Avenue, Nov. 19, 7:35 a.m.

A prank played on the Wildcats by another state's college—though both odd and disrespectful—left a University of Arizona police officer ultimately unruffled, according to a UA Police Department report.

Early in the morning, an officer on patrol saw someone had desecrated the university's statue of UA football legend John Byrd "Button" Salmon near the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, 640 N. Vine Ave. (Salmon, who died after a car accident in 1926, is famous for coining the Wildcats' motto in his last moments, whispering to Coach McKale at his bedside, "Tell them ... tell the team to bear down.")

The officer reported that yellow "CAUTION" tape was draped around the statue and pinning down a picture of Oregon State University's beaver logo (that school's team being called the Beavers).

Another piece of tape, tied around the statue's base, held up six plastic bottles and 11 cardboard cartons of the Muscle Milk-brand protein drink.

Photos were taken, and the statue was all cleaned up before 8 a.m.

Although no suspects were identified at the time of the report, the officer noted that whoever pulled the prank had likely been filmed by a nearby camera "with an unobstructed view of the statue."

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