Jackalope: a mythical creature in the shape of a rabbit or hare with antlers.
The jackalope (a.k.a. "Lepus temperamentalus") is a mythical North American animal of fairly recent invention. It is essentially a jackrabbit with antlers. Jackalope lore fits more into the category of tall tales rather than serious belief. But it certainly inspired a lot of postcards and souvenirs.
It is often suggested that John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, reported sighting a jackalope. This story is most likely apocryphal
Home of the Jackalope
The town of Douglas (Wyoming) claims to be "Home of the Jackalope". Douglas is home to a large jackalope statue to mark the source of its fame. But then, Red Lodge (Montana) is home of the jackalope too. So which of these is true?
Possibly neither. The town of Douglas also has a strong historic claim to inventing the beast courtesy of a local man, Douglas Herrick, who created the first taxidermy "deerbunny" some time in the 1930s or early 40s. The apparently plan to create a new, much larger, jackalope statue.
The closest thing you are likely to find to a real jackalope is an unfortunate bunny infected with Shope Papilloma virus which can cause nasty growths from the animal' head. (see: Cryptomundo)
The jackalope is a tempting subject for a whimsical taxidermist on a limited budget.
- Single Head Mount Jackalope (unknown)--shown right
There are plenty of jackalopes around the country that you can pose with, examples below. And they remain a popular subject for souvenirs.
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