The Cattaraugus County Museum is thrilled to announce that the Randolph mammoth has returned to Cattaraugus County. The remains of the mammoth, found during work to dig a new pond at the State fish hatchery outside of Randolph in May of 1934, have been at the State Museum in Albany for most of the past 82 years. The Randolph Mammoth is one of the most complete mammoth specimens ever found in New York State; most other mammoth material is fragmentary or just a tooth from here or there. It is a Columbian Mammoth not a woolly mammoth. Both tusks together weigh about 150 lbs. The skull weighs about 200 lbs. When living, the mammoth probably stood about 14 feet high at the shoulder. Now they have returned to Cattaraugus County for an exhibit that is scheduled to be on display until April 2018.
The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is located in the Stone House, 9824 Rt. 16 in Machias. Call us at 716-353-8200 with any questions. This exhibit is free and open to the public.