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West Virginia mascot cited for violation after using uniform’s musket to kill bear

Dec 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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Only in West Virginia, right?

Jonathan Kimble, the man who wears a coonskin cap and totes a musket on the sidelines in Morgantown as the West Virginia mascot, has been cited for a violation after killing a bear with the uniform’s standard gun and posting a video of it online, the Associated Press is reporting.

The violation is not for killing the bear or posting the video, which are legal, but rather for not wearing proper attire during the hunt.

From the Associated Press:

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.

As can be seen in the video Kimble posted to YouTube, he is instead wearing camouflage when he pulls the trigger. Public reaction has been negative since the footage began to circulate online. The video has close to 100,000 total views.

According to the AP, Kimble has agreed to no longer hunt with the uniform’s musket.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. mrlaloosh - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Was he burning a sofa to attract the bear? The Big 12 really classed up when adding this bunch to the conference. Trailer trash capital on America.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Bad ass? Thumps up yes, thumbs down, no.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:35 AM

      I have nothing against hunting but I hardly find having dogs chase a bear up a tree so he has nowhere to go and then shooting him badass.

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