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.
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.