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Jackalopes of Wyoming – Myth or Reality?

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Jackalopes of Wyoming – Myth or Reality?


Thought to be a myth by many, the jackalope is alleged to actually exists in remote areas of Wyoming.
Whether the jackalope actually exists or is simply a hoax popularized by a Douglas, Wyoming resident in 1939, is still hotly debated today.
For those who believe, the jackalope is said to be an antlered species of rabbit, sometimes rumored to be extinct. One of the rarest animals in the world, it is a cross between a now extinct pygmy-deer and a species of killer-rabbit. However, occasional sightings of this rare creature continue to occur, with small pockets of jackalope populations persisting in the American West. The antlered species of rabbit are brownish in color, weight between three and five pounds, and move with lightning speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.
They are said to be vicious when attacked and use their antlers to fight, thus they are sometimes called the “warrior rabbit.”
The jackalope was first encountered by John Colter, one of the first white men to enter what would one day be the State of Wyoming.
They also allegedly possess an uncanny ability to mimic human sounds and when chased will use these abilities to elude capture. During days of the Old West, when cowboys gathered by the campfires singing at night, jackalopes could often be heard mimicking their voices.

Jackalope drawing in the 1700’s
Most commonly sighted in the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and New Mexico, the jackalope also appears to have a European cousin, in Germany, known as the wolpertinger, and in Sweden, a related species called the skvader. Illustrations of horned hares go back as far as the 16th century in scholarly European works
Some people do not believe a separate species exists of its own, but rather the jackalope is “real” only because of a virus called papillomatosis. Also called Jackalopism, the disease causes certain growths caused by a parasite to harden on the top of a rabbit’s head, resembling horns. It is this virus that they attribute to the birth of the jackalope legend.
For others, the jackalope is thought to be nothing more than a mystical creature, perpetuated by Douglas Herrick, a resident of Douglas, Wyoming, in 1939. The whole thing began after Douglas and his brother Ralph had returned from hunting one day. When Ralph threw a dead jackrabbit on the floor of the shop, it slid right up against a pair of deer horns. When Ralph declared that “it looked like a rabbit with horns on it,” Douglas, a taxidermist, decided to mount it. From there, the mounted jackalope was born and the pair of brothers began to sell them to the public. Before long, they could be found everywhere, in homes and taverns all over the American West. At the same time, jackalope postcards became a popular Western souvenir.
The jackalopes of Douglas, Wyoming became so popular that by the late 1940’s the city had proclaimed itself as the “Jackalope Capital of the World,” promoting the self-proclaimed title in brochures and other tourism advertising.
In 1965, an eight-foot concrete statue was erected in downtown Douglas and today billboards, and jackalope images can be seen all over Douglas — on park benches, fire trucks, motel signs, and a 13-foot-tall jackalope cutout on a hillside. The city is also very good about warning visitors of the “vicious” animal’s propensity to attack, so tourists will see a number of posted warning signs throughout the town: “Watch out for the jackalope.”

Jackalope Crossing
Every year, Douglas hosts and annual Jackalope Day in June that hosts a Mini-Monster Truck Obstacle Course, Mud Volleyball tournaments, a Motorcycle Show and Rally, the Greased Pig Run, and numerous other events for those hoping for a peek at a “real jackalope.”
Each year, the Douglas Chamber of Commerce also issues thousands of jackalope hunting licenses, despite rules specifying that the hunter cannot have an IQ higher than 72 and can hunt only between midnight and 2 a.m. each June 31st.
But, this is still not enough for the “Queen City” of Jackalope Country, which now plans to build yet another giant Jackalope. Towering over I-25, the giant fiberglass jackalope will stand 80 feet above the plains.
In 2005, Wyoming legislators declared the jackalope as the state’s “Official Mythical Creature.”
© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated November 2018.


https://www.legendsofamerica.com/wy-jackalope/
 

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Like Bigfoot nobody has produced a live version. With Bigfoot there is at least film/video footage people can support or challenge.
JACKALOPES - A 300 year marketing ploy.
 

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I heard the last one was carved into a pipe
 

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There is no such thing. I sell several dozen shotgunned jack rabbits to a taxidermist every year, and he makes jackalopes for resale.
 

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That's what the male Jackalopes say.
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I believe Jackalopes are real and alive today.....it's more fun.
 

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Yep it is fun to hunt them too. Like hunting snipe. ( I know another smart ass is gonna post a photo of the bird - Killjoy)
 

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At 125 a shot, id say there is money in jackalopes if you can get the face right at the taxi shop. 8 bucks a rabbit, you gotta taxi skin it, then 15 or so for the horns, some bit of labor, for an antisocial fucker its a goldmine. They sell like hotcakes, he always wants more shotgunned jack rabbits.

Heavy on the jackin'.

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At 125 a shot, id say there is money in jackalopes if you can get the face right at the taxi shop. 8 bucks a rabbit, you gotta taxi skin it, then 15 or so for the horns, some bit of labor, for an antisocial fucker its a goldmine. They sell like hotcakes, he always wants more shotgunned jack rabbits.

Heavy on the jackin'.

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Back in the 60s-70s you could get one for 10 bucks. They must be getting rare.
 

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I think your probably right. Most folk are too lazy to taxi a rabbit with horns for 85 dollars net.
 

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I actually saw a Jackalope once... it was dead on a stand in a store, but there it was!