The University of Winnipeg Wesmen’s mascot is in need of a makeover, so UWinnipeg has turned to the community to help raise funds to modernize the costume.
Wes Lee Coyote was first introduced in 2001 to be a staple at all university sporting events.
While the mascot is more than 15-years-old, that’s actually 105 in coyote years, according to the university.
“Wes Lee Coyote needs help. I have never seen this in all of my years as a wildlife expert,” said Dr. Susan Lingle, associate professor of biology at UWinnipeg. “At his advanced age and having endured such a rigorous schedule, there is no question Wes Lee needs some serious care and attention.”
The new costume will include a hand sculpted head with battery-operated ventilation fan, inner and upper body padding, new outer fur body, coyote tail, jersey with heat-pressed logo, name and number, athletic shorts, animal paw mascot gloves, and “walkabout” mascot sneaker feet.
The university is hoping to raise $5,000 for the new costume in time to launch its 50th celebrations in 2017.