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WVU mascot told not to use musket for hunting

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The musket toted by West Virginia University’s Mountaineer isn’t just a prop — it’s a bona fide weapon, and current mascot Jonathan Kimble showed just that when he went into the woods to take down a black bear.

Now WVU has ordered Kimble to stop using his university-issued weapon on hunting trips after a video of this week’s kill was posted online.

The 24-year-old Franklin resident accompanied more than a dozen friends and family members on the trip in Pendleton County on Monday. In the video, Kimble is shown firing the musket at the bear in a tree.

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  • Jer

    A beauty of a weapon.

  • HorseTeethSam

    Cool gun, put to good use.

  • HorseTeethSam

    Wait a minute… if killing a bear is bad (think PETA), then how is it okay that the “mascot” wears what appears to be a bona-fide coonskin cap (likely from a now-dead raccoon)? And his leather clothes? I presume leather does not grow on vines. I smell politically correct fertilizer here.

  • fliteking

    Using the gun to hunt seems to only add to the “cool factor” of the mascot . . .excellent effort.

    Next year they will give the mascot a stick.