- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina legislature is trying another method to preserve a New Year’s Eve practice in a mountain town where an opossum is lowered to the ground in a box.

The state House agreed in voice votes Tuesday for a bill excluding opossums from state wildlife laws for a week annually around the new year in Clay County, where the Possum Drop celebration is held.

The Possum Drop involves lowering a captured possum in a clear plastic box at midnight and then releasing it.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to stop the event. A judge last year dismissed a PETA lawsuit, but another hearing is expected.

Another law designed to protect the Brasstown-based event was enacted last year. This year’s bill now heads to the Senate.

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