Jackalope

image The jackalope is an antlered species of rabbit found throughout the western United States. The jackalope has two unusual qualities. First, it is highly aggressive and is willing to use its antlers to fight. (Thus, it is sometimes called the "warrior rabbit.") Second, it has an uncanny ability to mimic human voices. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. When chased, jackalopes use their vocal abilities to elude capture by calling out phrases such as, "There he goes, over there," to throw pursuers off their track.

The traditional method of catching jackalopes is to lure them with whiskey, since they are extremely fond of this drink. Once intoxicated, the animal becomes slower and easier to hunt. Some people attempt to catch jackalopes in order to milk them, believing that their milk is a powerful aphrodisiac. However, it is not advised to milk a jackalope! It is curious to note, however, that jackalope milk comes out already homogenized on account of the animal's powerful leaps.

Douglas, Wyoming has declared itself to be the Jackalope capital of America because, according to legend, the first jackalope was spotted there around 1829. A large statue of a jackalope stands in the town center, and every year the town plays host to Jackalope Day, usually held in June. Jackalope hunting licenses can be obtained from the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, though hunting of jackalopes is restricted to the hours of midnight to 2 a.m. on June 31.

It is common to find mounted jackalope heads in bars and homes throughout the American west. Douglas and Ralph Herrick, residents of Douglas, Wyoming, were the first to start selling such heads during the 1930s. Jackalope postcards are also a popular Western souvenir.



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They are real. The horn or tooth-like growths on their head are caused by a form of virus that causes nasty growths to come out of the head/face/neck of the rabbit and sometimes other places. It is the same virus that causes HPV in humans, from what I am told (gross). Look up PPV or HPV rabbits on the web and you'll eventually find out the truth - JACKALOPES EXIST!
Posted by Sokotra  in  Kansas  on  Wed Sep 20, 2006  at  10:41 AM
tongue wink okat jackalopes offically scare me/i kno they're not real but how do they get the antlers on such a cute little bunny rabbit.. then want to make it ugly?

ohh ya .. they're only wioming!!!
lol
but seriously .. why would u wanna do that tro such a cute bunny .. then kill it and put it on ur wall?????


thats like putting antlers on a duck..[um']

QUACKALOPE
Posted by SOMER  in  SOMWHERE OUT IN NOWHERE  on  Sun Oct 22, 2006  at  04:50 PM
I HATE JACKALOPES THEY LOOK LIKE A ANTALOPE MUNTATED!!!!
Posted by i am ur worst night mare  in  stupid bunny town---> looserville  on  Sun Oct 22, 2006  at  04:53 PM
hi every body im here because my name that i use in just about any internet site is jackalope and people started asking me"What is a Jackalope" and so naturally i got curiousand i started serching for pictures of what they are and if they exist and i eventually found my way here and i just want to say death to those who despise the Jackalope!!!! thats not what i wanted to say though.What i wanted to say is that the thought that jackalopes exist is a fun one and i hope they do and the biggest reason why i posted this is I hate anyone who would tie antlers to a bunny,kill it, and sell it doesnt deserve to live. GLORY TO THE JACKALOPE!!!!
Posted by Jackalope56  in  new brunswick  on  Fri Oct 27, 2006  at  04:07 PM
Ol' Douglas Herrick
Didn't tell us all he knows.
Critters smoke pot, too.
Posted by K8E  in  Douglas, Wyoming  on  Sun Nov 05, 2006  at  06:26 PM
Crap! Another flat!
Jackalopes are truly
The world's worst roadkill.
Posted by Haiku warrior  in  Wyoming  on  Sun Nov 05, 2006  at  06:28 PM
Hunting Jackalope
It is completely fruitless
They misdirect us.
Posted by J  on  Mon Nov 20, 2006  at  01:37 PM
thumper of the plains
run and jump with me tonight
ouch! that antler hurts.
Posted by #1 Fan  in  NN  on  Wed Nov 22, 2006  at  09:17 AM
Big horny rabbit
They are a little scary
Hope one don't poke me
Posted by Sokotra  in  Kansas  on  Wed Nov 22, 2006  at  09:13 PM
Warrior rabbit
Antlered creature of the plains
Please do not stab me
Posted by J  on  Tue Nov 28, 2006  at  01:19 AM
Hey, Jackalopes do exsist. They are not actually jackalopes, but merely rabbits with a very rare disease. Jackolopes originated from cowboy stories, and people can do taxidermy art and make fictional animals out of real animals: http://www.customcreaturetaxidermy.com/fantasy/fantasy.html
The disease not only puts antlers on the top of the rabbits head, but all over its face: http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/jack07ukansas.jpg their not very pretty
I hope this information helps. so Jackalopes AREN'T real, but there is a disease, and often times they are called Jackalopes and so the fictionous jackalopes are in a way real.
Posted by kk  in  mn  on  Tue Feb 13, 2007  at  08:05 PM
A wise horned bunny
Once revealed the truth to me-
"Jackalopes can't talk."
Posted by Sokotra  in  Kansas  on  Wed Feb 14, 2007  at  06:00 PM
Jackalopes are definetly real,although it isnt a species, just a strange reaction to a virus.The virus is fairly common in wild rabbits but only a few display this strange reaction.The horns are just on the top of the head.They can grow on th rest of the body,and the face.

The mutation isnt only in America either.There are loads of creatures following the same basic desription.There is the Raurack and rasselbock of Germany and the Miraj of Asia (interestingly that one is yellow and carnivourous).
Posted by J  on  Wed Mar 21, 2007  at  02:01 AM
I found a jackalope in guadalajara, jalisco while hiking one of the mountains in the area. Me and my wife caught it and brought it to Texas. Its about 23 inches and his antlers are pretty small but steadily growing. we feed it vegetables but he tends to like raw meat. Its a pretty vicious animal but only with people that he doesnt recognize. Its great having a jackalope because he protects the house very good. The kids love him, great pet, highly recommended.
Posted by Eric S  in  texas  on  Tue Apr 10, 2007  at  10:58 AM
Back in '91 I was working at White Sands Missile Range outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico. I was driving a dump truck through the wide open spaces when I saw a small animal ahead of me, running towards the road I was on. I figured it was a coyote or a rabbit so I accelerated in an attempt to spook the animal in good fun. As we got closer I could see it was a rabbit with something rigid extending from it's head. I'm a city boy but I didn't think that rabbit's ran with their ears extended rigidly over their heads. As it crossed the road about 20 feet ahead of me I could clearly see that it WAS in fact a rabbit but it had ANTLERS on its head. That's right, actual antlers like a deer or elk but not as big in proportion.
I got back to the job site and I excitedly told my co-workers of my sighting. Some of them were locals and outdoorsmen but they thought I was joking. I insisted I wasn't lying but they still didn't believe me.
I never believed in jackalopes, thinking they were just myth like a unicorn or a leprauchan, until I saw one with my very own eyes. Folks, jackalopes really DO exist. And NO I wasn't drunk or on drugs!!
Posted by nakohead415  in  San Francisco, California  on  Fri Aug 10, 2007  at  06:55 PM
:0 i think that you should not be aloud to go and hunt down little creatures that haven't don eanyhting to us.to them it is just cruel and unusual punishment
Posted by maddi  in  Waverly, IA  on  Mon Oct 29, 2007  at  05:47 PM
I thought these were real!
The jackalope--note to self
Order the T-shirt.




Sally
Posted by Sally Pursell  in  St. Louis, Missouri, USA  on  Tue Dec 11, 2007  at  04:58 PM
Jackalope under
fierce prairie skies. A leap!
Antlers in chrome grill.
Posted by Esri Rose  in  Colorado  on  Tue Feb 19, 2008  at  04:47 PM
seen a j.lope in az,
boyfriend nearly shat,
went back to cali.,
and that was that!

okay, so it's not haiku. atleast it rhymes.

love,
Barbara
Posted by barbara  in  socal near indio  on  Thu Jul 24, 2008  at  01:52 PM
Jackalope whiskey
Horny Hare aphrodisiac
Jack's not a dull boy
Posted by Diana Ward  in  Aurora, Missouri, USA  on  Mon Aug 25, 2008  at  02:24 PM
Actually, Jackalopes do exist but not in the form people believe. Shope's virus causes antler like growth on rabbits.

It is beleived that this is what started the Jackalope legend.

Don't believe me, do some research.
Posted by T. P.  in  Nebraska  on  Fri Sep 05, 2008  at  02:24 PM
I have a can of Jacklope milk that is about fifty years old. It comes from the Kyburz lodge on Hy 50 in northern California. Have you ever heard of this, or seen a can?
Gary
Posted by Gary Cecchettini  in  1225 Monument dr. South Lake Tahoe Ca., 96150  on  Wed Oct 29, 2008  at  03:57 PM
This is the most talented piece of internet writing/blogs I ever saw! We laughed so much!
It is perfect, and mimicks a scientific article in an excellent way. Thank you for this great fun!
Please reply if you can, I would love to get in touch with the author (maybe some other lovely pieces are available to read?)
Posted by Lena  in  UK  on  Thu Nov 06, 2008  at  09:56 AM
cheese the jackalope is very real though ive never seen one, but seeing isn't always believing a skam of something fake wouldn't go this far in a town to make it like a holiday. so i think these jackalopes are so cool, expecialy that they drink whiskey. That just blows my mind, but they are so real.
Posted by Dakoda Williams  in  fayetteville, Arkansas  on  Tue Apr 14, 2009  at  09:04 AM
Thsnk you for your reply!
I just read in Russian Society Magazine, article by rpofessor Spukiskamov that Jackalopes are former husbands to whom their wives have been unfaithful... They become warriors and revenge, and drink as much as they like. Do you think this information is credible?
Posted by Lena  in  UK  on  Sun Apr 19, 2009  at  03:44 AM
Are there any organizations dedicated to the existence and research of the Jackalope? Please notefy me as quick as possible.
Posted by Josh Wilburn  on  Fri May 01, 2009  at  05:54 PM
Hello,
My name is Peter Crowder and I
Posted by Peter Crowder  in  Austin  on  Fri Jul 10, 2009  at  02:36 PM
Lovely jackalope
Mighty warrior with horns
Hatrack or slippers?
Posted by Tina  in  WA  on  Fri Jul 17, 2009  at  05:14 PM
jackolopes are real you all are stupid butt faces! tongue laugh
Posted by booger 69  on  Thu Dec 03, 2009  at  11:07 AM
In congress arizona I was walking in the desert I was starteled by a three foot rabit standing up with full size antlers i stood there never seen anything like it. the animal stood there starteld and hoped off so fast like lightning. I told a few people what i saw but of coarse they did'nt beleive me but it's true and i will never forget it but they are so fast no wonder no body can see or catch one
Posted by Tabitha  in  arizona  on  Sun Mar 07, 2010  at  09:00 AM
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