The Navy wants Wisconsin officials to return an iconic badger statue that has stood outside the governor’s Capitol office for more than 30 years
By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press
January 30, 2021, 9:00 PM
• 4 min read
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin badger statue that has served as a literal touchstone for so many Capitol building visitors that they’ve rubbed the finish off his nose could be headed to another den soon.
Navy officials want the statue they loaned to the state more than 30 years ago back. But state historians aren’t letting it go without a fight.
The badger is synonymous with Wisconsin. It was selected as the state’s official animal because lead miners in the state’s early days were said to burrow into the ground like badgers. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s athletic teams are known as the Badgers, the school’s mascot is a sassy badger named Bucky and an image of a badger adorns the state flag (although he looks more…
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