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West Virginia University Mountaineers mascot Jonathan Kimble cited after hunting bear with musket

11:22 AM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
Jonathan Kimble dressed as the West Virginia University Mountaineers mascot
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - 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.

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.

The Mountaineer mascot first appeared at athletic events in the 1936-1937 school year. The Mountaineer is selected each year and the mascot's outfit is custom tailored to fit the winner.

Last February, the bearded Kimble was chosen from among 13 applicants.

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