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The Lone Wolverine: Tracking Michigan's Most Elusive Animal [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Philips Shaw , Jeff Ford

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Book Description

March 30 2012

It began in late winter of 2004. Almost 100 years had passed since the last spotting of a wild wolverine in Michigan when coyote hunters caught a glimpse of one of the animals in a frozen farm field in the northern thumb region. For the next six years, Jeff Ford, a local science teacher and amateur naturalist, devoted himself to locating and filming the wolverine that had unexpectedly and inexplicably appeared in the Wolverine State. By the time hikers found the animal dead in early 2010, Ford had taken hundreds of rare live action photos and shot numerous hours of video, with the story of the "Wolverine Guy" attracting national attention through countless newspaper and magazine articles and appearances on Animal Planet and PBS "Nature."

This is the tale of Ford's quest as he uncovered answers to mysteries surrounding the animal's territory and movement patterns, while sparking a flurry of controversy surrounding the elusive predator's origin, much of which remains unresolved today. It's an intimate look at research in the raw, from DNA samples stuck on barbed wire to a sophisticated, motion-sensing infrared camera unit strategically placed to observe nocturnal behavior.

"The Lone Wolverine" brings to vivid life this unforgettable piece of American wildlife lore, using candid interviews, public records, and Ford's own vast storehouse of notes, personal writings, correspondence, and images, offering an extraordinary chronicle of a wild wolverine in its natural habitat, at play and in fierce competition for food and survival. This is a wildlife detective story, recounting years of study and fierce debate as researchers pondered the riddles of Michigan's last wolverine---her origins, habits, and ultimately the cause of her untimely death.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr (March 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472118390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472118397
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,450,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Ford is an amateur naturalist and a graduate of Central Michigan University. His writing on hunting, fishing, and backpacking has appeared in "Woods-N-Water News," "Bow and Arrow Hunting Magazine," "Deer & Deer Hunting," and "Michigan-Out-Of-Doors Magazine." He lives in Tuscola County, Michigan, with his wife, Amy, and children, Riley Jo and Clint.

Elizabeth Philips Shaw is a freelance reporter and fellow of Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources. Her work focuses on health, environmental issues, and outdoor recreation and has appeared in the "Flint Journal," in the "Grand Rapids Press," and on mlive.com. She lives in Genesse County, Michigan. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascination! April 12 2012
By Mari Young - Published on Amazon.com
Jeff Ford's journey with this elusive, remarkable animal leaves nothing to be desired. He takes us on a fascinating journey over six enthralling years in the lifetime of not only this amazing animal, but his personal one as well. The dedication given to this quest is uncomparible to any common man's due to the love, compassion, and sacrifice made by Jeff Ford, even during the danger to his own health and welfare. The reader will not be able to put this book down until the conclusion. My interest in wolverines has been piqued to a degree that I would not have believed possible before this well-written and heart-wrenching book and I truly regret that this amazing animal seems to be extinct in our "Wolverine" state of Michigan. I cannot wait for the traveling display of Jeff's "pretty gal" so that I can see it "up close", especially after feeling that emotion during the reading of this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story Sept. 4 2012
By Erik R. Zempel - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and well written March 20 2013
By Peter A. Levine - Published on Amazon.com
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this book is worth grabbing. It is so well written and covers a really unusual topic. It is hard to put down. It is amazing how the story comes to life. The players, both animal and human are well worth getting to know. Great writing!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Feb. 11 2013
By jerry peters - Published on Amazon.com
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I found out many things about the great animal I didn't know before.. They are truley a magnificant animal.This author was truley dedicated to his work.
5.0 out of 5 stars great Feb. 6 2013
By Billy Brock - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the book it was a great read. very informitive and enlightening. would suggest this to a friend anytime anywhere.

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