Saturday, September 09, 2006
Pravda: Fairbanks - Caribou hunters have recovered a 7-foot-3-inch mammoth tusk from a creek bed south of the village of Anaktuvuk Pass.
The Ice Age specimen was spotted by Mickey Paneak, 36, in Manu Creek as he and his cousin Mike Morry, 33, ran after two wounded caribou about 8 miles south of their central Brooks Range community.
Jumping over the creek about a half mile above the John River, Paneak noticed something in the creek's shallow bed.
'At first I thought it was a mushroom,' said Paneak. After he and Morry caught and field-dressed their caribou, they went back to investigate.
'The base of the tusk was sticking straight up and its midsection had moss on it,' Paneak said.
The men removed the tusk from the creek bed and carefully transported it to the village of 300, roughly 250 miles northwest of Fairbanks.
Alternative news report: Anchorage Daily News (Alaska, US)