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The Wolf at the Rayburn Door

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Or at least the Defenders of Wildlife ambassador arctic wolf Atka? Apparently the House sergeant-at-arms.

DOW is hosting a Wednesday reception in Rayburn B-354 called “Conservation Crossroads” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. They wanted to bring along Atka because, well, animals are cool, especially wolves.

But the House sergeant-at-arms “put the kibosh on having a wolf in the building,” according to a DOW spokesman, so they’ll be hanging out with Atka on the “NE corner of Longworth Park” for those interested in seeing some wolf action. They’ll be there from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We called the House sergeant-at-arms to see if banning Atka from Rayburn was motivated by safety or hygiene, but we didn’t get a response. Guess we were barking up the wrong tree.

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