Kimble gets another year as Mountaineer mascot

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Jonathan Kimble has been named West Virginia University’s mascot for another year.

The graduate student beat out three other finalists. His selection was announced at the WVU men’s basketball game with Iowa State on Saturday.

Kimble has made more than 300 appearances since taking over in April 2012.

He’s also seen some controversy.

In December, the Division of Natural Resources cited Kimble for failure to wear blaze orange when he killed a black bear in Pendleton County with the musket that’s part of his costume.

The kill was legal but it triggered an outcry after Kimble posted a video online. The musket can fire ammunition but uses only gunpowder at WVU events.

Kimble has since agreed to stop hunting with the musket.

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