The last wolverine
Last Sunday’s Bay City Times had a front page feature story about a Deckerville teacher who has been keeping tabs on a female wolverine for several years after it was discovered by coyote hunters near Bad Axe. Jeff Ford, 44, spent a year looking for the wolverine before eventually finding it. He has video and still pictures from game cameras he has in the woods near the wolverine’s lair. Then Tuesday it was announced over the news that the wolverine had been found dead, believed to have died from natural causes.
According to a Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist, the wolverine has not populated Michigan in over 200 years. The biologist believes the wolverine was probably an exotic pet that someone let loose. Ford said the wolverine is “pound for pound, the toughest animal on the earth.” A DNA sample had proven it was a female. Ford had estimated it was four feet long from nose to tip of the tail and about 30 pounds. Evidently it had been well fed.
Ford’s dedication to the animal also helped him in his classroom because he had lessons planned around his observances. He was quoted in the Times article “I can’t give up now, because I want to find out if she’s OK.” Unfortunately, two days after his Bay City Times feature article the wolverine was found dead.
The Times has posted a video of the wolverine on its mlive.com/baycity web site.