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Cat-napped: 'Spirit' the Bobcat stolen from MSU

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Apr 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 18:35:34-04

BOZEMAN - A bronze statue of the Montana State University mascot has been reported stolen from a campus building.

On or around April 6, 2022, Montana State University Police received a report indicating that a bronze statue of “Spirit” the Bobcat had been stolen from the Strand Union Building.

The bronze statue with painted details stands approximately 20 inches tall and weighs about 60 pounds. The stolen statue was numbered and part of a limited production run. (The attached photo shows another statue from the same production run.)


The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with further information is encouraged to contact MSU Police Department Detective Ashlee Heavrin at 406-994-1204 or at Tips can also be sent to Silent Witness at or through the SafeCats app.

The MSU Police Department encourages all residents to be cognizant of their surroundings and to promptly report suspicious activity to 911 or to the police department’s non-emergency line at 406-994-2121.