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DNR worker finds mastodon tooth in rock pile

A state worker finds the tooth of a prehistoric mastodon.

A state employee found the tooth of a prehistoric mastodon.

Department of Natural Resources equipment operator Cale Severson was working on a project in Grant County to improve the trout habitat, when he found the 8.5-inch tooth in a rock pile.

The discovery was made earlier this month.

Mastodons are thought to have roamed North America in the Ice Age. Archaeologist Sherman Banker of the state Historical Society confirms the tooth came from a juvenile mastodon.

There were no other bones or artifacts found that could have provided more details about the animal.