Thursday, September 24

UCPD investigates vandalism after Bruin Bear found painted red, yellow

The Bruin Bear was found covered with red and yellow paint Thursday morning, three days before the annual football game between USC and UCLA. (Isabella Fortier/Daily Bruin)

The Bruin Bear statue was found covered in red and yellow paint Thursday morning.

The Bruin Bear statue, located in Bruin Plaza, was vandalized sometime this week. The university erects chalkboard walls to protect the bear and other statues during Rivalry Week, the week leading up to the annual football match between USC and UCLA. One of the walls surrounding the Bruin Bear statue was found removed and the statue inside covered in red and yellow paint around 10 a.m. on Thursday.

UCPD Lt. Kevin Kilgore said he does not believe the statue has been vandalized while the walls have been in place in recent years.

University employees placed the chalk panel back in place surrounding of the statue following the vandalism’s discovery Thursday morning. (Amy Dixon/Photo editor)

UCLA started putting up the walls in 2010, after a similar case of vandalism on the bear in 2009 cost the university over $20,000.

Kilgore added UCPD detectives are working to determine exactly when the vandalism occurred.

News Editor

Gray is the 2019-2020 News editor of the Daily Bruin. He was previously an assistant News editor and a reporter for the city and crime beat. He is also a third-year political science student at UCLA.

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