The Lone Wolverine is a fascinating story of two outsiders who found each other: Jeff Ford and the lone wolverine that somehow found it's way into Michigan's Thumb. Ford, a science teacher and avid outdoorsman, devoted himself for years to finding and documenting the only wild wolverine in the state in over 200 years. This book not only chronicles the story in detail, but also raises many interesting side discussions, such as the state of science reporting in mass media and the role politics can play in protecting the natural environment.
Driven by curiosity, Jeff Ford and his hunting buddies spent more than a year tracking the wolverine down to get a picture. Now that it was documented, he wanted to know more. Where did this wolverine come from? What was it doing so far south of normal range? Ford became an amateur biologist, eventually setting up an entire research area to collect photos, videos, and hair samples for DNA analysis. His work included some surprising new findings about the behavior of this elusive species. I found Ford's enthusiasm for wolverines to be quite contagious.
Although this is a book about nature, I really enjoyed it for its human elements. It's a story of persistence, self discovery, and overcoming obstacles.