College mascot who killed bear with musket cited for failure to wear orange
Published: December 12, 2012 09:37AM
Updated: December 12, 2012 09:36AM
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FILE - This Sept. 22, 2012 file photo shows West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot Jonathan Kimble during the NCAA college football game between West Virginia University and University of Maryland in Morgantown, W.Va. Kimble, who got in trouble for using his uniform musket to kill a bear has been cited for another problem _ not wearing blaze orange during the bear hunt. (AP Photo/Brian Ach, File)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. • A West Virginia University mascot who got in trouble for using his uniform musket to kill a bear has been cited for another problem — not wearing blaze orange during the bear hunt.

Mountaineers mascot Jonathan Kimble wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket — loaded with black powder but minus ammunition — at home athletic events.

Kimble wasn’t wearing the required hunter orange when he shot a black bear Dec. 3. The kill was legal but triggered a public outcry after Kimble posted a video online.

The 24-year-old Franklin resident accompanied more than a dozen friends and family on the trip in Pendleton County. In the video, Kimble is shown firing the musket at the bear in a tree.

“Let’s go Mountaineers!” Kimble yells afterward. He also posted a photo of himself with the bear on Twitter.

State Division of Natural Resources spokesman Hoy Murphy says hunters are required to wear 400 square inches of the high-visibility color for safety reasons.

Kimble has agreed to stop hunting with the musket. He didn’t immediately comment Wednesday.