Last known wildwolverine in Mich.has gone on tour

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SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) -- The last known wild wolverine in Michigan, which was stuffed and mounted after being found dead along a trail in 2010, is going on tour.

A traveling exhibit featuring the animal opened Monday at the Sanilac County courthouse, Times Herald of Port Huron reported (http://bwne.ws/KM5b08 ). About 40 people turned out for the first stop of the "Lone Wolverine Tour," which will be in Sandusky about 75 miles north of Detroit until June 18.

"It's a great day in Sanilac County that we can bring the wolverine home," said Republican state Sen. Mike Green of Mayville.

The next stop on the tour is in Huron County.

The mounted wolverine previously was displayed at a visitor's center at the Bay City State Recreation Area.

Wildlife experts don't know for sure how the female wolverine arrived in Michigan.

Wolverines are the largest land-living members of the weasel family. Until 2004, the last known Michigan sightings of wild wolverines were in the early 1800s. Their reputation as fierce hunters led to their selection as a mascot for the state and for the University of Michigan's sports teams.

In 2004, coyote hunters spotted the wolverine about 90 miles north of Detroit. It lived primarily in the Minden City State Game Area in Sanilac County.

No others have been sighted.

Former Deckerville High School science teacher Jeff Ford spent years tracking, photographing and getting video of the animal. Ford and journalist Elizabeth Shaw recently released a book about Ford's time tracking the wolverine, The Lone Wolverine, from The University of Michigan Press.

Linda Tennant of Brown City brought her 18-month-old grandson, Wayne Bouck, to the unveiling on Monday. She said she had followed news accounts of the wolverine.

"It's amazing because there aren't very many," Tennant said.

"I think she's beautiful, and I really hope there are more. I never thought I would get to see her. It's an honor."

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