Missing From the Museum: Woolly Mammoth Tusk


By Carla Charter

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking information on a Wooly Mammoth Tusk, which was stolen during a burglary on March 8, 2018   at the BLM Campbell Creek Science Center.

The tusk is estimated to be 10,000 years old and may have originally been discovered in the Coleville area of Alaska’s North Slope, prior to the Science Center acquiring it.   The tusk weighs 100 lbs. and five and a half feet long, eight inches on the larger end and six inches in diameter on the smaller end. It is curved and mottled dark and light brown in color.

As far as the importance of the tusk at the museum, according to Maureen Clark, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Anchorage office, “With its size and weight, it gave visitors an idea how massive a Wooly Mammoth was. There are not many places where people can touch a part of an animal that lived 10,000 years ago. “

A reward of up to $500 is being offered for the recovery of the stolen tusk. Those who may have information that could help locate the missing tusk can contact the Bureau of land management at 907-271-6622 or email blmalaska@blm.gov.