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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - 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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