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WVU mascot cited for not wearing orange while shooting bear with school's musket

West Virginia's mascot, who appeared in video shooting a bear, has been cited by the state for not wearing the requisite amount of orange.

Justin K. Aller

The West Virginia University mascot, who made headlines this week for appearing in a video shooting a bear, has been cited for failing to wear orange while hunting. Jonathan Kimble, who dresses as WVU's Mountaineer mascot, apparently used the same gun he carries while in his mascot role to shoot and kill a bear (video of the hunt can be seen here).

According to the AP, Kimble has now been cited for not following hunting protocols and wearing the required orange outfit. The AP quotes Hoy Murphy, a spokesman with the State Division of Natural Resources, who says that hunters are required to wear 400 square inches of orange, for obvious safety reasons.

Kimble appears to be wearing a camouflage outfit and a WVU hoodie when he aims his uniform musket at a bear in a tree. The bear comes tumbling to the ground and Kimble let's out a "Let's go Mountaineers!" There was much consternation about Kimble using the same gun he wields as the mascot, and WVU officials released a statement in response. They reiterated that the gun is loaded with powder only when it's discharged at athletic events and functions. The statement also said Kimble broke no laws or regulations, which doesn't appear to be the case.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.