As far back as the 1800s Michigan has been known as the Wolverine State. There are a few theories as to why this began, the most common being that rumors were being spread about Michiganders by people from Ohio during the Toledo War, and we’re described "as bloodthirsty as Wolverines." There are other theories saying that the nickname came because of the amount of fur trappers the state had in the 1800s.

But regardless of its origins, Michigan remains the Wolverine State and the name was eventually adopted by the University of Michigan so it’s a little puzzling to me that out of all the states that could possibly be re-inhabited by Wolverines, it’s going to be Colorado and not Michigan.

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Why Are They Re-Introducing Wolverines In Colorado?

Denver 7 recently announced that state lawmakers would be introducing a bill that would reinhabit the state they once roamed by the hundreds of thousands.

Are Wolverines Endangered?

The North American Wolverine is protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, so they must get introduced back into the wild so that their species can re-populate. But why wouldn’t this be happening in the Wolverine State? You would think that would be the first place to start, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case.

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Do you think Michigan should be the next state to release these animals into the wild? I would hope if their numbers begin to grow they can take some and try it in the state they belong in.

Threatened/Endangered Species of Michigan

Michigan is home to a LARGE amount of unique Flora and Fauna, but a good portion of its species are on some kind of protected list, whether it be "Threatened," or flat out "Endangered."

h/t K99