March 18, 2010

Last Wild Michigan Wolverine Dies

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was raised to loathe the Michigan Wolverines. This longstanding football rivalry may not have been settled in a stadium but by the forces of climate change on its mascots. Buckeye trees remain in the buckeye state, but the wolverine state just lost it's last wild wolverine. Treehugger explains:

It's a sad day for Michigan, which lost its only known wolverine. The species has been on the decline, especially as snowpacks have shrunk. And now the wolverine state now really has no reason to call itself that. The last known wolverine - a 28-pound female that was first spotted in 2004 - was found by hikers over the weekend, dead from natural causes.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at March 18, 2010 1:45 AM

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