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Michigan's only known wild wolverine will be on display at the visitor center at Bay City State Recreation Area April 29 through June 30, 2013.
The animal was found dead by hikers last winter at Sanilac County's Minden State Game Area, where it had lived for much of the previous six years. The wolverine was first discovered by coyote hunters who treed it while running hounds near Bad Axe on Feb. 24, 2004.
It was the first wolverine ever verified as living in the wild in Michigan. Michigan is known as the Wolverine State because it was a center for trade in the early trapping industry and wolverine pelts from the north and west of Michigan came through the state. Biologists say that if wolverines were native to Michigan, they were extirpated about 200 years ago.
It is uncertain how the wolverine arrived in Michigan, though DNA evidence indicates it is related to animals native to Alaska.
The wolverine was mounted by Bay Port taxidermist Sandy Brown; the mount recently won an award from the state's taxidermy association.
The display is currently touring the state. View the tour schedule
for more information.