December 7, 2012

University tells mascot to stop firing musket at wildlife

The West Virginia University mascot wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket – minus ammunition – at sports events.

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — 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.

West Virginia University Mountaineer mascot Jonathan Kimble rallies fans during a game between WVU and University of Maryland in Morgantown, W.Va.

AP

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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