MADISON (WKOW)-- The badger will take center stage on a new license plate in Wisconsin.
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank announced Wednesday the badger will be featured on a new license plate that will help fund protection efforts for rare and unique Wisconsin wildlife and plants.
Last October, the DNR held an online advisory vote for four potential plate designs depicting native Wisconsin wildlife and their habitat. During the 11-day poll, more than 23,000 voted. The badger design received 68 percent of the total votes.
"Wisconsin's diverse landscape supports a wide variety of wildlife and plant communities," Secretary Frank said. "The Endangered Resource program is working to protect more than 200 endangered and threatened species through research and habitat protection.
The new license plate includes a depiction of the badger, the tiger swallowtail butterfly, the eastern Meadowlark and the prairie sunflower.
The new plate went on sale today for a $15 issuance fee and the $25 contribution, added to the cost of the annual vehicle registration. The $25 is used to support the Endangered Resources Program.