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Leave the beef jerky at home.

arctic-grey-wolf.jpgAh, the logistics of good political press.

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, issued a news release today announcing he’ll hold a press conference tomorrow to introduce the Protect America’s Wildlife Act, which would “close a loophole in the Airborne Hunting Act that has allowed Alaska to shoot and kill nearly 700 wolves from airplanes in the past four years, and put a stop to the unethical and inhumane practice of aerial hunting.” Among those with him at the event in the Cannon House Office Building will be Atka, a three-year-old Arctic Grey Wolf.

Perhaps knowing journalists’ penchant for snacking whenever possible, and perhaps fearing loss of limb, Miller’s office noted that “No food is allowed on the terrace when the wolf is present.”

Here’s hoping nobody attending the press conference has bacon for breakfast tomorrow. Why take chances?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.