The far western part of North Carolina (... beyond Asheville, and Asheville is pretty "far out"!) is still a very independent minded section of the Country. Up in the mountains things change more slowly; family and church are still important; people have long memories; grudges are held firmly, often passed down through generations.
In this corner of the State, the region includes some of the last true wilderness on the East Coast, stretching into Georgia, Tennessee, and the Cherokee Nation - the scenery, mountains, valleys and rivers are on the gorgeous side.
Visitors and tourists - outsiders! - are tolerated for the money they bring to the area, but are often provided - just for fun! - with a free copy of the movie "Deliverance", handed across with a sly wink and a wry grin.
With mountain folks "Authority" is often questioned; sometimes that can cause "problems"...
From the Cherokee Scout newspaper:
|Held hostage by a vet...!!|
"Dr. Mitchell denied holding the deer, saying they were free to come and go as they pleased. He said this is all a vendetta and that DNR officers were still angry with him for going public about the disposition of two bear cubs that were brought to him after their mother was poached. The cubs were subsequently taken by DNR, but Dr. Mitchell suspected that the cubs had been euthanized."
"DNR denied that the cubs were killed and said they were "placed in a facility"; but declined to release any more information."
"DNR did acknowledge that the two deer had been destroyed "according to department policy and by law", because no suitable place could be found for them due to their age and tameness."
Not too hard for me to think of at least one place those two deer could have been taken... how about you?
Any wonder voters are desperate for a change in how our government "operates"?