(BURTON) -- Michigan's last known wild wolverine - and the first confirmed since the 1800s - is taking a farewell tour. The stuffed, mounted wolverine is hitting Monroe and the Flint and Saginaw areas in the new year before "retiring" at the Saginaw Bay Visitors Center at the Bay City State Recreation Area. The exhibit featuring the animal discovered alive in February 2004 in the Thumb region has been crisscrossing the state, but park manager George Lauinger says it's become too costly to maintain. The wolverine's carcass was discovered in 2010 by hikers in the Minden City State Game Area, where she primarily lived. Despite its lack of native wolverines, Michigan unofficially is known as "The Wolverine State." The animal is the mascot of the University of Michigan's sports teams.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Ford