DNRE Confirms Death of Michigan’s Only Known Wild Wolverine
Michigan’s only known wild wolverine has died.
A female wolverine, first spotted in the Thumb in Feb. 24, 2004,
found dead by hikers at the Minden Bog in the Minden City State
Todd Rann of Marysville and Morgan Graham of New Baltimore
they thought was a dead beaver, partially submerged in the water
beaver dam. Rann pulled it from the water and realized it was
wolverine. The pair called the Report All Poaching hot line.
of Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Officers Seth
and Bob Hobkirk responded immediately and retrieved the
The officers reported no visible signs of trauma.
DNRE wildlife biologist Arnie Karr, who originally verified the
was a wolverine after it was treed by coyote hunters in 2004,
carcass will be sent to the DNRE veterinary lab for necropsy.
department plans to have the specimen mounted and displayed,
the visitor center at nearby Bay City State Recreation Area.,
The animal was the first wolverine ever actually verified in
Biologists say that if wolverines were ever native to Michigan,
were extirpated about 200 years ago.
At the time of the wolverine’s sighting, DNRE Director
Humphries signed an emergency order protecting the animal
harassment or harm. The animal, which has been seen,
videoed by numerous people since it was discovered, was thought
alive and well until it was discovered dead Saturday.