It’s Finally Proven That Wyoming’s Jackalope Is Real(ish)
The Jackalope has been a myth in Wyoming since the 1930's when brothers Doug and Ralph Herrick, a couple of creative Douglas, Wyoming taxidermists, invented it.
The creation was really an accident and a spur of the moment decision. That decision created one of the Top 10 most googled monsters in the United States...The Jackalope. According to the organization SeaQuest, there are over 1.5 million google searches per year for the jackalope. That many searches places the jackalope at #7 on the top 10 list.
The jackalope is said to have first been spotted in 1932, the rabbit had horns like a antelope and the singing voice of an angel. (Kind of wonder what natural Wyoming stimulant, they were on when they "spotted" the first jackalope).
Tales of horned rabbits go all the way back to the 13th century, and supposedly hunters in Iowa report they spotted rabbits with horn like objects sticking our of their bodies...but I think we're all in agreement that the jackalope originated here in Wyoming.
Every year thousands of jackalope hunting licenses are issued and there are even signs warning to keep an eye out for the jackalope. I-25 even has a jackalope overlooking it to keep an eye on things.
Here's a look at the Top 10 Most Googled Monsters in the US.
- Skin Walkers in New Mexico - 6 million google searches
- Bigfoot in Washington - 4 million google searches
- Wendigo in Minnesota - 3.6 million google searches
- Chupacabra in Texas - 2.9 million google searches
- Thunderbird in North Dakota - 1.9 million google searches
- Mothman in West Virginia - 1.6 million google searches
- Jackalope in Wyoming - 1.6 million google searches
- The Jersey Devil in New Jersey - 728,000 google searches
- Champy in New York - 486,000 google searches
- Skunk Ape in Florida - 325,000 google searches