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
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 www.noradsanta.org.