Michigan’s “lone” wolverine will tour the state in a traveling exhibit created by the Michigan Historical Center. Discovered in the thumb area in 2004, the wolverine roamed the Minden City State Game Area until its natural death in 2010. Originally displayed for nearly a year at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at the Bay City Recreation Area, the wolverine then went to the Michigan Historical Center where a secure case and exhibit panels were created.
Since early June 2012, the exhibit has traveled to thumb-area venues and will continue throughout the state before settling back in at the Bay City Recreation Area for the winter. The exhibit features taxidermy of the wolverine and information about its time in Michigan, as well as a look at the wolverine in science and in Michigan history. An animal rarely seen in the wild, the wolverine has drawn large, curious crowds at each stop along the tour.
2012 Wolverine Tour
June 4-22: Sanilac County Courthouse (Sandusky) June 22-July 6: Huron County Building (Bad Axe) July 6-July 25: Tuscola County Courthouse (Caro) July 26-Aug. 15: Hartwick Pines State Park (Grayling) Aug. 16-30: Upper Peninsula State Fair (Escanaba) Sept. 1-Oct. 15: Porcupine Mountains State Park (Ontonagon) Oct. 16-Nov. 30: Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center (Cadillac) Dec. 1-March 30: Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, Bay City State Recreation Area (Bay City)
(Once back in Bay City, the exhibit may be available for brief appearances at other venues in the thumb area.)
2013 Tentative Spring/Summer Tour
April 1-May 30: Eddy Discovery Center (Chelsea) June 1-July 30: Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center, Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon)