UPDATE: WVU Mascot Pays Hunting Citation

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 12/27/12
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 says 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.



UPDATE 12/26/12 @ 7:45 a.m.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia University mascot is facing a deadline to enter a plea on a citation related to killing a bear with the musket that's part of his costume.

Jonathan Kimble was cited for failure to wear blaze orange when he shot the black bear on Dec. 3.

State officials say hunters are required to wear 400 square inches of the high-visibility color for safety reasons.

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

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

Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.



UPDATE 12/1212
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.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/7/12
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia University has ordered its musket-toting mascot to stop using his university-issued weapon on hunting trips after an online video showed him killing a black bear.

Jonathan Kimble accompanied more than a dozen friends and family members in the woods of Pendleton County on Monday. In the video, Kimble is shown firing the muzzle-loaded long gun at the bear in a tree.

WVU spokesman John Bolt says officials spoke to Kimble about the incident, but that Kimble broke no laws.

Kimble didn't immediately return a telephone message Friday. But he told the Charleston Daily Mail he'll abide by the school's edict.

The WVU mascot wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket - minus ammunition - at home athletic events and school-sponsored events.


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