History of UNH Mascot

For several weeks, lively discussions and debates were conducted through The New Hampshire on the merits of the various contenders for the honor of being the official UNH mascot. The Durham Bulls (a named already used by the local press for the varsity hockey team), huskies, eagles and even a unicorn were among the entrants. But when the votes were tallied on February 4, 1926, the majority of students believed that the speed, litheness, cunning and resourcefulness of the wildcat were attribute to be found in the UNH athletic teams. (In practical New Hampshire, some students may have been persuaded by the additional argument that a wildcat could be " more easily transported from place to place than a bull.")

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