West Virginia to mascot: Stop hunting with school-issued musket

Published On: Dec 07 2012 11:14:21 AM HST

West Virginia University mascot Jonathan Kimble apologized if he offended anybody after killing a black bear with his school-issued musket.


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.

In the video, Jonathan Kimble is shown firing the muzzle-loaded long gun at a bear in a tree.

WVU spokesman John Bolt said officials spoke to Kimble about it and that the mascot broke no laws.

Kimble said Friday that he's been hunting all his life, and this was the first black bear he's ever killed. Kimble said he apologizes if anyone was offended by him killing the bear.

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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