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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Michigan's Only Wolverine Died of Natural Causes

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a news release of the Michigan DNR

The only wolverine to be seen in Michigan in centuries has died of natural causes in March of this year. The video above is of another wolverine, from Canada.

A necropsy performed at the Michigan DNRE's Wildlife Diagnostic Laboratory and microscopic examinations at Michigan State University showed some heart degeneration and some liver congestion, but no sign of infection or trauma. The wolverine was in fair body condition with small deposits of fat. Metal and pesticide screenings were negative

The female wolverine, first discovered by coyote hunters near Bad Axe in the Thumb on Feb. 24, 2004, was approximately 9 years old, said DNRE pathologist Tom Cooley. Previous DNA analysis indicated the animal's genetic origin was from a vast area of Ontario and Manitoba

The dead wolverine, was found semi-submerged on the downstream side of a beaver dam by hikers Morgan Graham and Todd Rann in the Minden City State Game Area in mid March. The animal was last known to be alive on Feb. 17, 2010.

The carcass was taken to a taxidermist by DNRE personnel. It will be made into a full-body mount to be displayed at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at Bay City State Recreational Area.

The animal was first wolverine ever authenticated in Michigan

See pictures of Michigan's only wolverine
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3 comments:

Ferd said...
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Ferd said...

So why does UM have the wolverine as its mascot!?
Hmm... very interesting!

Mountain Woman said...

Oh, that's so sad. I'm glad the wolverine died of natural causes but still sad that it's gone.

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