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College mascot who killed bear with musket cited for failure to wear orange

First Published Dec 12 2012 09:36 am • Last Updated Dec 12 2012 09:36 am

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.

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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.




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