Why has Colorado decided to reintroduce wolverines in the wild instead of Michigan?

Michigan has been known as the Wolverine State since the 1800s. There are several theories about the origin of this nickname, with the most popular one suggesting that people from Ohio spread rumors about Michiganders during the Toledo War, describing them as “bloodthirsty as Wolverines.” Another theory proposes that the nickname came about due to the large number of fur trappers in the state during the 1800s.

However, despite its unclear origins, Michigan is still known as the Wolverine State. It is interesting to note that the University of Michigan adopted the name as well. That being said, it is quite puzzling to me that out of all the states, Colorado is the one that will potentially see Wolverines returning, rather than Michigan.

Why Are They Re-Introducing Wolverines In Colorado?

Denver 7 recently reported that lawmakers in the state are introducing a bill aimed at restoring the once-thriving population of animals that roamed the area in the hundreds of thousands.

Are Wolverines Endangered?

The North American Wolverine, a threatened species, is protected under the Endangered Species Act. Therefore, it is crucial to reintroduce them into the wild to facilitate their population growth. Surprisingly, this is not happening in the Wolverine State, which one would assume to be the ideal starting point. However, it appears that this is not the case.

Threatened/Endangered Species of Michigan

Michigan boasts a diverse range of Flora and Fauna, with a significant number of species falling under various forms of protection. Many of these species are classified as “Threatened” or even “Endangered.”

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