A possum is lowered in a plastic cage in front of an enthusiastic crowd Jan. 1, 2010 at the annual "Possum Drop" in Brasstown, N.C.">
Charles "Stretch" Ledford / News & Observer
A possum is lowered in a plastic cage in front of an enthusiastic crowd Jan. 1, 2010 at the annual "Possum Drop" in Brasstown, N.C.
The judge said he won't block the organizer of a mountain town's celebration from getting a state permit allowing him to capture a possum and lower it in a cage at midnight.
Attorneys for the Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were in court in Raleigh on Monday. The animal-welfare organization sought to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown. A PETA lawyer says the lights, noise and crowd of people can wreck a possum's nerves and health.
The state commission issued a permit Friday allowing the organizer to capture the animal.
The judge ruled the show in Brasstown can go on.
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