A 21-year-old man is accused of climbing a security fence and entering a secure area behind Mike VI’s habitat on the LSU campus around the time of the Sept. 5 LSU-McNeese football game.

The live mascot was not in the habitat at the time of the incident, first reported by The Reveille, about 6:40 p.m. that night, said LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard.

Instead, Mike was at a pregame appearance at LSU’s season opener, making the traditional trek through the stadium in his mobile trailer.

LSU police arrested Trent Paul Boudreaux, 21, of Cut Off, on criminal trespassing after witness reports of a man inside the tiger habitat security fence near the loading dock were confirmed by security cameras, Ballard said.

Boudreaux scaled a fence about 8 feet high and damaged it, Ballard said.

Boudreaux also was cited with simple criminal damage and was issued a misdemeanor summons but was not booked into jail, Ballard said.

Boudreaux would have had to cross another barrier to enter the animal’s habitat, Ballard said. The man trespassed into an area including a loading dock where Mike is transferred into and out of his trailer.

Boudreaux isn’t an LSU student and has no affiliation with the university, said LSU Police Capt. Cory Lalonde.