Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 12, 2012 @ 3:07PM
Created on December 12, 2012 @ 1:29PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University Mountaineer Jonathan Kimble has been cited for failure to wear blaze orange when he killed a bear with the musket that's part of his costume.
Division of Natural Resources spokesman Hoy Murphy says hunters are required to wear 400 square inches of the high-visibility color for safety reasons. Kimble wasn't wearing orange when he shot the black bear Dec. 3.
The kill was legal but triggered a public outcry after Kimble posted a video online.
Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.
Kimble has until Dec. 26 to enter a plea in Pendleton County Magistrate Court. He faces a fine of up to $50, plus court costs.
The musket can fire ammunition but fires only gunpowder at WVU events.
Kimble didn't immediately comment Wednesday.
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Dec 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM
The story is a little misleading. I believe the blaze orange regulation is for blaze orange to be worn during firearm DEER season. Muzzleloader season is typically near the end of the year and the DNR moved it to the same time as bear season. I do not believe blaze orange was or is required for bear hunting, or at least I have never seen any bear hunters wearing blaze orange. Why technically he violated the law, it was sort of a speed trap set up buy the DNR. I can bet 90% of the bear harvested this year were by non blaze orange wearing hunters. Please correct me if I have misintrepreted the laws.