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Ban on ‘Flying’ Reindeer lifted for Christmas Eve PDF Print
Sunday, 23 December 2007 20:26

A press release from Governor Mike Easley’s office says the governor has temporarily lifted the importation ban on reindeer coming into North Carolina.

He has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to keep the skies clear over the state this evening. In doing so, he’s keeping with the holiday tradition of making sure Santa Claus and his flying reindeer will be able to visit North Carolina to deliver gifts for Christmas. The temporary reprieve to flying reindeer begins tonight and lasts through early morning. North Carolina is one of more than 30 states across the nation that prohibit the importation of reindeer, elk, white-tailed deer and other deer species due to chronic wasting disease which can infect those herds. Easley also contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to request that air traffic controllers ensure proper airspace clearance and appropriate flight separations between Santa’s sleigh and other flying objects. To track Santa’s whereabouts tonight, visit
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