Jackalope Jackalope

A denizen of high plains and sagebrush basins, the Jackalope, Lepus antilocapra wyomingensis, is one of Wyoming's most secretive species.

Fun Critter Facts

- Jackalope are most often observed in the shortgrass plains of the greater Niobrara County area, with less frequent sightings in the sagebrush basins of central and southwest Wyoming.

- Often described as an "antlered or horned rabbit," specimens were first collected and prepared by the Herrick Bros of Douglas Wyoming, local taxidermists.

- Jackalope are most often sighted at night, typically around closing time near adult beverage establishments; the preferred habitat of this species.  Weekend sightings are much more common than during weekdays.  It is reported, but unconfirmed, that jackalope are attracted to the odor of a fine single malt.

- Unlike most leporids (rabbits and hares), Jackalope have a low reproductive rate, owing to the fact they breed only during summer lightning strikes, despite their ability to sing like a fine tenor.  Young are produced very infrequently, but apparently often enough for species persistence.  Given their secretive nature and unknown population status, there is currently no open season for this species in Wyoming.

- Jackalope fall victim to a host of predators, including coyotes, bobcats, eagles, chupacabras, web-footed wookalars, and the Cherokee Devil.  

- Rabbits and hares infected with Shope's papilloma virus, which produce horn-like tumors on the head of the infected animal, should not be mistaken for this wonderfully unique Wyoming species. (Wink. Wink.)


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