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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.
According to CBS news this was the only wolverine spotted in the state since the early 1800s. Most of the wolverines are found farther north, in Alaska and across Canada. However, as the planet heats up, the species is disappearing.
Oddly enough, The Wildlife Conservation Society reported in June 2009 that a wolverine researchers had been tracking for almost three months had crossed into northern Colorado - the first to be seen in the state since 1919.
The total population numbers are mostly unknown, since members are spread out over huge territories. But because of habitat fragmentation, decreased snowpacks, and other factors, it is apparent that the numbers are shrinking. And as for Michigan, it seems unlikely that another wolverine will be spotted anytime soon, if ever.