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NC judge rules against New Year's Eve possum drop
CBS News ^ | 11-13-2012 | Martha Waggoner

Posted on 11/13/2012 2:19:21 PM PST by DOGHEAD

RALEIGH, N.C. — A possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny town in western North Carolina each New Year's Eve may have had its last hurrah after a judge ruled Tuesday that a state agency didn't have the authority to issue a permit for the event.

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Another tradition has been squelched. He never "dropped" the possum.. it was carefully lowered in a nice warm box and then released to run back into the woods.
1 posted on 11/13/2012 2:19:26 PM PST by DOGHEAD
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To: DOGHEAD
Here is an idea: Do it ANYWAY!
2 posted on 11/13/2012 2:23:57 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: DOGHEAD

I couldn’t imagine what a possum drop could be and was having visions of the WKRP’s turkey fiasco.


3 posted on 11/13/2012 2:26:05 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: DOGHEAD

dropped the possum.

screwed the pooch.

jumped the shark.

Heh... not saying anymore about chickens, monkeys etc.


4 posted on 11/13/2012 2:26:08 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: DOGHEAD

Screw the judge. Wear masks. Do it anyway.


5 posted on 11/13/2012 2:28:23 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: DOGHEAD
One word.

"TREBUCHET"!

6 posted on 11/13/2012 2:29:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DOGHEAD

"As God is my witness, I thought possums could fly."

7 posted on 11/13/2012 2:30:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SoFloFreeper

I like that. Have the event and tell the judge and any LEOs trying to enforce it to “piss up a rope.”


8 posted on 11/13/2012 2:30:45 PM PST by Little Ray (I have VOTED AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: struggle

So if there is no permit to be issued, do it and have a nice day.


9 posted on 11/13/2012 2:32:18 PM PST by rstrahan
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To: DOGHEAD

He apparently has a license that allows him to kill a possum (take), but not to “keep” a live possum.

So, he could kill the possum, get it stuffed, and drop it, but he can’t keep it alive and let it go.

PETA won’t allow the latter, but can’t stop the former.


10 posted on 11/13/2012 2:34:02 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: DOGHEAD

Probably according to Hoyle this falls into some banned category activity with wildlife, and there would have to be some explicit provision for judicial exceptions like this one that got smacked. You can probably legally shoot the possum, but you cannot ceremonially lower it in a box.

So revise the silly law to allow safely lowering opossums in boxes and be done.


11 posted on 11/13/2012 2:37:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: DOGHEAD

I would prefer an attorney drop.

Way more plentiful then possums too.

There may be an over abundance of them in most cities.


12 posted on 11/13/2012 2:39:52 PM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Government is the definition of stupidity and it doesn’t matter if its federal or local.

Its legal for me to live trap coons and possums here at the house but I can’t kill them without a small game license and I can’t turn them loose in the state land without a permit.

One of these days I’m going to be sitting in a jail cell and someone is gonna ask me, “What are ya in for” and I’m going to say “Coon smugglin” and that’s when the fight is gonna to start.


13 posted on 11/13/2012 2:40:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DOGHEAD

Possum Drop Brasstown:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6gj_GPpkvk


14 posted on 11/13/2012 2:46:23 PM PST by DOGHEAD
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To: DOGHEAD

I can't quite put my finger on what this story is about.

15 posted on 11/13/2012 2:48:57 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: DOGHEAD

Happy Possum Day!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtSfeKxLyCk


16 posted on 11/13/2012 2:49:02 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: DOGHEAD

Obviously the judge does not understand animals very well.

I think the way around this is to get several hundred raccoons, and take them to the judge’s house in the wee hours of the morning, along with several hundred pounds of dry cat food on which they can feast.


17 posted on 11/13/2012 2:54:12 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: DOGHEAD

perish the thought of anyone in the South capturing and using wild animals for pets or amusement


18 posted on 11/13/2012 2:54:48 PM PST by bigbob
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To: DOGHEAD

Well they may have to take the approach that Yellville, Arkansas was forced to employe after the gov’t decided to shut down their official “Turkey Drop” during the annaul Trukey Trot festival.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/16921

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Turkey Trot has been celebrated on the second Friday and Saturday of October every year since 1946. It was conceived as a way to call attention to the region’s abundant wild turkeys. A highlight of the festival was the “Turkey Toss,” in which live wild turkeys were tossed off of the roof of the County Courthouse. In the 1960s this was replaced by the Turkey Drop.

The thinking behind the toss/drop was that most of the turkeys would escape into the wild and thereby increase the local population. The problem is that wild turkeys can’t fly very well. Some of the birds would splat on the pavement. Some that landed safely ended up being chased around town.

The splattering and the chasing drew unwelcome national media attention in the 1970s and 1980s, and animal rights groups threatened legal action. Since 1990, Yellville has officially divorced itself of the Turkey Drop — it isn’t mentioned in any Turkey Trot literature — and yet it still happens every year. The town’s position is that mysterious planes just show up over the festival every October and drop turkeys (although the drop point has been moved to the south edge of town so that the pilots don’t violate FAA altitude regulations). Four or five drops take place each day, with one to three turkeys per trip.

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19 posted on 11/13/2012 2:59:04 PM PST by deport
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Drop it, THEN shoot it.

Problem solved.


20 posted on 11/13/2012 2:59:12 PM PST by moovova
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This is their tradition!!!!! If native american’s can go out and stick harpoons in an endangered specie (whale) and wait for it to bleed to death because it is therir traditional hunt, well, wo is this. The NC natives have been doing this legally for 19 years and that makes it a tradition!!!!


21 posted on 11/13/2012 2:59:51 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Little Ray

Exactly. What kind of AUTHORITY does a judge have to say someone can’t put a freakin’ possum in a box and lower it????

When were we put under the thumb of King George again? I don’t recall EVER.


22 posted on 11/13/2012 3:00:42 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: DUMBGRUNT

“I would prefer an attorney drop.”

You are aware that scientist have quit using white rats for lab experiments and have started using attorneys. It was explained that the were more of them, staff did not get nearly as attached to them, and there are just some things that rats wont do.


23 posted on 11/13/2012 3:03:49 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Little Ray

Exactly. What kind of AUTHORITY does a judge have to say someone can’t put a freakin’ possum in a box and lower it????

When were we put under the thumb of King George again? I don’t recall EVER.


24 posted on 11/13/2012 3:05:05 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Little Ray

Exactly. What kind of AUTHORITY does a judge have to say someone can’t put a freakin’ possum in a box and lower it????

When were we put under the thumb of King George again? I don’t recall EVER.


25 posted on 11/13/2012 3:05:07 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: DOGHEAD
...a judge ruled Tuesday that a state agency didn't have the authority to issue a permit for the event.

OK, Judge, show me the law regarding possum drops and the need or lack of need for permits.

*No possums were harmed in the writing of this response.

26 posted on 11/13/2012 3:16:51 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: deport
The problem is that wild turkeys can’t fly very well.

Couldn't prove that by me; the the hen turkey who raised two young on our block summer before last and her brood were last seen flying from rooftop, to porch, to deck, to rooftop, to tree limb...Those little ones grew at an amazing rate!

27 posted on 11/13/2012 3:22:30 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL


28 posted on 11/13/2012 3:45:29 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: JimRed

Yup. Wild turkeys fly just fine.


29 posted on 11/13/2012 3:48:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Yup. Wild turkeys fly just fine

You should see me fly when I have Wild Turkey.

30 posted on 11/13/2012 4:51:13 PM PST by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: bgill
I couldn’t imagine what a possum drop could be and was having visions of the WKRP’s turkey fiasco.

same here.

maybe they should just substitute a turkey...

31 posted on 11/13/2012 10:07:23 PM PST by LadyDoc
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