Animals
Possum Drop bill heading to NC governor's desk
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 3:42pm.

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.

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One wanted, one charged in dog fighting case
Submitted by WWAY on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 2:34pm.

videoOne man is in jail and another is wanted in connection with dog fighting in Columbus County. Fair Bluff Police say they have received multiple reports of dog fighting in the area of Hamer Street, but with no information about the people involved.

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State folds in lawsuit over NC Possum Drop
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 1:01pm.

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.

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Volunteers walk NC coast to save sea turtles
Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 01/15/2013 - 1:58pm.

video Volunteers along North Carolina's coast are walking through muck and going out on kayaks to rescue sea turtles that get stuck in sounds when the water turns cold, stunning them and leaving them helpless to save themselves.

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FIRST ON 3: Fish kill reported at Masonboro Island
Submitted by Chris Phillips on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 10:49pm.

videoState environmental officials report hundreds of thousands of dead Atlantic menhaden fish this week at Masonboro Island off of Wrightsville Beach.

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Two cold-stunned loggerheads head home
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 2:09pm.

videoIt happened much sooner than expected. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher released two loggerhead sea turtles to the care of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for an Atlantic release.

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Bald Head Island finishes deer cull
Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 11:51am.

videoBald Head Island has finished a cull of the island's deer population. It's the first step in the village's plan to launch a birth control program for the animals. The cull, which ended this morning, killed a total 20 does and 10 antlerless bucks. The meat will be processed and donated to local food pantries.

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Aquarium cares for cold-shocked loggerheads
Submitted by IE on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 6:05pm.

videoThe North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher opened its doors to eight injured loggerhead sea turtles New Years Day.

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Unclear whether live marsupial used at Possum Drop
Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 12:40pm.

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.

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Brasstown still having possum drop, with changes
Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 11:11am.

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.

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