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CWU Rolls Out New ‘Wildcat in the Window’ Hunt

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Be on the lookout for Wellington P. Wildcat. Starting this week, you can find hand-colored images of Central Washington University’s popular mascot popping up in windows all over campus and the community as part of a new ‘Wildcat in the Window’ hunt.

Hunting for Wellington is a variation of the phenomena of neighborhood “bear hunts” occurring throughout the country. The hunts began as a result of families abiding by social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders looking for activities for their bored children.

Borrowing from Michael Rosen’s 1989 children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, people have begun placing teddy bears and other stuffed animals in their home windows to create a type of scavenger hunt activity for children stuck at home. While walking or driving around a neighborhood, parents encourage their children to look for any stuffed animals on display—like a real life “Where’s Waldo.”

“Numerous employees suggested taking the ‘bear hunt’ idea and make it relatable to the CWU campus as well as our university centers and sites,” noted Staci Sleigh-Layman, executive director of CWU Human Resources. “We thought this might be something fun to help people take a break from all of the challenges they’re dealing with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The images of Wellington used in the campaign are adapted from the work of Susan Burghart, a graduate of Ellensburg High School and CWU, who received her master’s degree in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in London. She currently works as an illustrator and designer in England.

In order to participate, just download any of the pdf images of Wellington the Wildcat found at the bottom of the #CWUTogether website (, print out the image, color it however you want—the crazier, the better!—and hang it in your window. Participants are encouraged to take a photo of their Wildcat image and post it on social media using the #CWUTogether hashtag and noting the location.

Time to get hunting!

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,

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