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Y. cleanup crew sees red over vandalized cougar

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A vandal covered a statue of a cougar outside Brigham Young University's Cougar Stadium with red paint Monday.

BYU police said damage to the cougar statue was minor because the paint was removed quickly by a grounds crew staff. A student volunteer assigned to watch for vandals scared away a male suspect at 3:20 a.m. Monday, police said.BYU typically covers the cougar and signs at several locations on campus with plastic during the week preceding the annual BYU-University of Utah football game, scheduled for Saturday in Provo. However, the vandal may have anticipated the schedule for covering the cougar.

"They kind of beat us to the punch this time," said Bill Pray, manager of records and communications for BYU police. "This, fortunately, was very minor as far as the damage goes."

The student volunteer who spotted the vandal chased him around the northeast corner of Cougar Stadium but was unable to catch him, Pray said. A pair of wool gloves with red paint were found on the ground near the stadium.

Police said the vandal, if caught, would likely have faced misdemeanor charges.