Clay Logan, 67, of Brasstown, said he plans to catch an opossum this week to use for the 20th annual New Year's Eve Possum Drop, which involves lowering a live animal in a specially made box, the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported Tuesday.
"We'll just take a dog and two or three fellas and we'll have a good time," Logan said.
He said the usual means of catching the opossum is to have the dogs chase it up a tree and then the humans shake it down.
Wake County Superior Judge Allen Baddour issued a ruling Monday allowing Logan to capture and keep a live opossum for the event. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had lodged a challenge against Logan's being issued a license for the event, arguing Logan does not have the proper qualifications to care for the animal in captivity.
PETA lawyers argued the opossum could suffer a number of ailments as a result of the captivity and "jostling" from the drop.
The Wildlife Resources Commission said Logan's license requires him to abide by a number of conditions, including having the opossum checked out by a veterinarian and making sure the animal receives a diet similar to what it would eat in the wild.