The bill preserves the New Year's Eve "Possum Drop" in Brasstown
1 year ago
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‘Possum drop’ tradition preserved as Governor signs bills into law

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.
Bill exempts NC opossum rules statewide at New Year’s
1 year ago
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Bill exempts NC opossum rules statewide at New Year’s

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.
Possum Drop will be held, minus live opossum
2 years ago
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Possum Drop will be held, minus live opossum

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.
Fight over NC possum drop event back in court
3 years ago
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Fight over NC possum drop event back in court

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.
Possum Drop  bill heading to NC governor’s desk
4 years ago
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Possum Drop bill heading to NC governor’s desk

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.
State folds in lawsuit over NC Possum Drop
4 years ago
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State folds in lawsuit over NC Possum Drop

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.
Unclear whether live marsupial used at Possum Drop
4 years ago
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Unclear whether live marsupial used at Possum Drop

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.
Brasstown still having possum drop, with changes
4 years ago
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Brasstown still having possum drop, with changes

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.
NC judge rules against New Year’s Eve possum drop
4 years ago
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NC judge rules against New Year’s Eve possum drop

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.
PETA wants NC New Year’s Eve opossum drop halted
4 years ago
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PETA wants NC New Year’s Eve opossum drop halted

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.