The governor signed legislation exempting opossums in North Carolina from state wildlife laws around each new year. The bill seeks to preserve the New Year's Eve "Possum Drop" in the Clay County community of Brasstown.
North Carolina lawmakers are again writing legislation they hope will let a Clay County community keep using a live, wild opossum during a New Year's Eve observance and overcome litigation trying to stop it.
The organizer of the New Year's Eve Possum Drop in western North Carolina says the event will be held this year, minus a live opossum.
North Carolina's wildlife regulators and an animal protection group are headed toward new court hearings over the captured possum used to liven up a mountain town's New Year's Eve celebration.
A bill to let a western North Carolina community continue use a live possum in its New Year's Eve celebration is going to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.
Barring a change in state law, the annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop in the mountains of North Carolina will have to carry on without a live animal.
The organizer of a New Year's Eve Possum Drop in western North Carolina is keeping folks guessing as to whether he used a live specimen to ring in 2013.
A possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town each New Year's Eve will go on this year, with some changes.
There will be no possum drop in Brasstown this New Year's Eve if a decision by an administrative law judge stands.
In a ruling issued Tuesday, Judge Fred Morrison said North Carolina law prohibits citizens from using wild animals for pets or amusement.
A national animal rights group is headed to court in North Carolina to try to stop a small mountain town's tradition of lowering a caged opossum on New Year's Eve.