WHY ARE THE HUNTING IMAGES OF WVU’S MOUNTAINEER MASCOT SHOOTING A BLACK BEAR CAUSING A STIR?

by Liz Klimas, The Blaze  |  published on December 7, 2012

On Dec. 3, West Virginia University’s official mascot — senior Jonathan Kimble, a West Virginia native — shot a black bear during the legal hunting season, but some are up in arms over the photos he posted and a video, which has since been taken down.

According to Deadspin, a YouTube video, which was removed by the user, showed a display that included the WVU fight song, hunting dogs baying, men hollering when the bear fell out of a tree and the university’s battle cry “Let’s go Mountaineers.” Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky wrote that all these elements add up to the “most West Virginia video ever.” You can see the video, which still remains removed from YouTube, embedded on Deadspin here.

But why was the video removed? TheBlaze was unable to contact the YouTube user and ask. We did, however, check Twitter to gauge the atmosphere there and found many are upset with Kimble for shooting the bear. The main issue? Some question whether the bear was actually a cub.

The heavily bearded Kimble used his official Mountaineer rifle to kill the bear, photos of which he posted on Twitter. He told a travel blogger in an interview last month that he, as the Mountaineer, is given special permission to carry and shoot his rifle.

He’s also been engaging in some conversation with other Twitter users revealing that he and a group of friends were hunting in his home county of Pendleton.

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