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A mammoth find

Carter County Museum unearths fossils on Powder River ranch


August 11, 2017

Sabre Moore

At 8 feet, the pickup bed was just long enough

A Bozeman man was fishing the Powder River in the early summer of 2016 when he stumbled upon what he believed to be a mammoth.

That man, who wishes to remain anonymous, knew about Carter County Museum (CCM)-in part because of its sister relationship with Museum of The Rockies-and made a call.

Nathan Carroll, CCM curator, was pretty excited about that call.

After contacting landowner Lee Randall, Carroll had to wait until the river was low enough, around Mid-August, to get a good look at the mammoth. He loaded up a small, local crew and together they were able to retrieve about twenty piec...

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