Wilbur the Wildcat-- University of Arizona Mascot
The University of Arizona acquired the Wildcat name after a game on November 7, 1914. A Los Angeles Times columnist said that the UA team "showed the fight of Wildcats."
The original UA mascot was a live bobcat bought by the freshman football team from an Army Blacksmith, F.W. Fawkins, for $9.41. This bobcat was officially named Rufus Arizona after the then UA president Rufus Bernard Von KleinSmid. Rufus Arizona died on April 17, 1916 when he fell from a tree and was accidentally hung.
The costumed human mascot, "Wilbur the Wildcat" appeared on November 7, 1959 during an UA-Texas Tech football game.
Wilbur the Wildcat originated with two UA roommates, Richard Heller and John Paquette. In 1959 with $100 from the ASUA the roommates came up with the Wilbur costume and started a booster club called the Wilburs.
Wilma the Wildcat appeared on March 1, 1986. She and Wilbur were married November 21, 1986 before an UA- ASU game.
The caricature of Wilbur the Wildcat was changed in 2002. Wilbur's caricature originally had guns. The UA decided to no longer have the guns in August 2002.