LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Mike Green was accompanied by colleagues and natural resource experts in unveiling “The Lone Wolverine” traveling exhibit to the Capitol on Tuesday.
Green was joined in the ground floor rotunda of the Capitol. by special guests Sen. Phil Pavlov, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Keith Creagh and Jeff Ford “The Wolverine Man.”
“I am thrilled that my colleagues as well as all visitors to the Capitol get to check out this amazing creature,” said Green, R-Mayville. “It is proper that the last known wolverine in Michigan go on display at the Capitol.”
Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, introduced Director Creagh, highlighting the director’s experience as an Eagle Scout and as an avid outdoorsman. Green then added how the idea for a traveling exhibit originated from Huron County commissioner Clark Elftman and how he worked with the DNR on turning the idea into reality.
Jeff Ford described how he tracked and documented the wolverine in photos and video during its life in the Thumb.
The exhibit showcases Michigan’s last known wolverine. For more than 200 years, the last verified sighting of a wolverine in Michigan was commonly believed to be by fur traders around the turn of the 18th century. That all changed in February 2004 when the exhibited wolverine was discovered by a group of coyote hunters in Huron County.
Television and newspapers were in attendance at the event, as were school children from around Michigan.