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UPDATE: WVU Mascot Pays $20 Hunting Citation

By: WTAP News & Associated Press Email
By: WTAP News & Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 12/27/2012

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University mascot Jonathan Kimble says he has paid a $20 hunting citation and he hopes the issue is in the past.

The Division of Natural Resources cited Kimble for failure to wear blaze orange when he killed a black bear in Pendleton County on Dec. 3 with the musket that's part of his costume.

Kimble tells The Dominion Post that he paid the fine last week.

The kill was legal but it triggered an outcry after Kimble posted a video online. The musket can fire ammunition but it fires only gunpowder at WVU events.

Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.

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UPDATE: 12/12/2012

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University Mountaineer Jonathan Kimble has been cited for failure to wear blaze orange when he killed a bear with the musket that's part of his costume.

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 wasn't wearing orange when he shot the black bear Dec. 3.

The kill was legal but triggered a public outcry after Kimble posted a video online.

Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.

Kimble has until Dec. 26 to enter a plea in Pendleton County Magistrate Court. He faces a fine of up to $50, plus court costs.

The musket can fire ammunition but fires only gunpowder at WVU events.

Kimble didn't immediately comment Wednesday.

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Yes, you read that right. Video of the hunt made its way across twitter Wednesday. It shows Jonathan Kimble, the current Mountaineer Mascot aiming the same musket used at WVU football games at a “treed” black bear. He shoots the bear and it falls to the ground. WTAP News asked the University to confirm if the video was Kimble and officials confirmed it was. The following is their response.


"Yes, the person in the video is Jonathan Kimble, the current Mountaineer, and the gun is the musket provided by the University.

There are some provisions regarding the gun, but none that prohibit its use outside of University-sponsored functions or for hunting purposes. It is also worth noting that powder is used when the musket is discharged at public functions.

While Jonathan's actions broke no laws or regulations, the University has discussed this with him and he agrees that it would be appropriate to forego using the musket in this way in the future."

- John A. Bolt, WVU Director University Relations


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