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Police catch fox on Capitol Hill after attack on Democratic congressman and other ‘encounters’


Authorities caught a fox on the grounds of the Capitol on Tuesday after a congressman reported being attacked the day before.

United States Capitol Police said DC Animal Control captured a fox after receiving “several reports of aggressive encounters with foxes on or near the grounds of the United States Capitol.”

About six people have recently reported bites or bites, Capitol Police said.

Among those who had nasty encounters was Rep. Ami Bera, D-California, who was bitten in the leg on his way to the office Monday, his communications director, Travis Horne, said.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with the recommendation of the attending physicians, Representative Bera attended Walter Reed Hospital last night and received his appropriate injections,” Horne said.

Bera, a doctor, said he received a series of seven injections. “You don’t want to mess with wild animal bites,” he said, calling the incident “weird.”

Capitol Police have sent out a notice warning lawmakers to avoid any foxes they see in the area.

“Foxes are wild animals that are very protective of their den and territory. Please do not approach any foxes you see,” according to an email seen by NBC News.

Police said it was unclear if there was just one aggressive fox or if there were others on Capitol Hill.

Bera said he wished the fox good luck. “We don’t want the fox to get hurt. Let’s see if we can’t move the fox and the den.”

Jonathan Allen and Frank Thorp V contributed.

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