LANSING, Mich. — For more than 200 years, the last known sighting of a wolverine in Michigan was commonly believed to be by fur traders around the turn of the 18th century. That all changed on Feb. 24, 2004.
On that day, two coyote hunters, Ryan and Aaron Schenk, spotted a female wolverine in Huron County. For six years she graced the local area with her presence, living primarily in the Minden City State Game Area in Sanilac County until being found deceased in March 2010.
Forever preserved by Bay Port taxidermist Sandy Brown, the wolverine, known as “Pretty Lady,” has been on permanent display at the Bay City State Recreation Area, but is making her way back to Huron County where she was first discovered.
The Lone Wolverine Exhibit traveling tour will kick off in Bad Axe on Friday, June 22 at the Huron County Building, 250 E. Huron Ave. beginning at 1 p.m. The exhibit will then be on display Monday through Friday during normal county business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., through July 6. It will then be displayed in Tuscola County for a short period before traveling around the state over the next year.
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, will be joined by special guests in unveiling the traveling exhibit, including wolverine enthusiast Jeff Ford, Board of Commissioners Chairman Clark Elftman, and local Department of Natural Resources personnel. The public is encouraged to attend.
“Clark came up with the idea of bringing the wolverine back to the Thumb in a mobile display,” said Green. “His idea has transformed into an impressive traveling exhibit that will visit every corner of the state.
“It has been in the works for more than a year, and I’m very excited for the residents of Huron County to be able to experience this exhibit in their own backyard. Because of the work of Jeff Ford and others in protecting and tracking this amazing creature, we can all enjoy the display and learn so much. It will be a great tool for educating and raising awareness about the importance of all of Michigan’s natural resources and wildlife.”
The exhibit provides an excellent opportunity for parents, kids, nature enthusiasts, sportsmen and conservationists to see a mysterious animal that once regularly roamed Michigan more than two centuries ago.
To contact Green, please visit www.statesenatormikegreen.com or call toll-free 1-866-305-2131.