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.