The Jackelope

The Jackelope is a rabbit species that inhabits the Western United States, and unlike any other type of rabbit, they grow antlers that are similar to a Mule Deer, or an Antelope. Evolutionary Theorists cannot explain as to how the Jackelope is able to produce antlers, or where this creature might have evolved. There is no evidence to explain how the Jackelope uses it’s antlers, or whether the animal is territorial or not.

Walking into the Sunshine Truck Stop the other day, I saw a Jackelope mounted to the wall. Even dead you don’t see very many representations of this animal. I peered into its dusty plastic eyes. His antlers were similar to that of a Mule Deer.

I would like to catch one of these elusive creatures. In all my time wandering the Desert Southwest, I have yet to see one in the wild. They are rarely spotted even more so then Mountain Lions. The US Government cannot prove their existence. Many skeptics will claim that they are a hoax or just a fable, but this is not true. My own grandfather killed one while he was gardening out at our ranch back in the 70’s. He put it in a plastic bag but the maggots got to it. So he wasn’t able to skin and mount it. This is what he told me.

17 thoughts on “The Jackelope”

  1. The guys at work thought this was great! Satire. Keep on writing like this and you may find yourself with a large fan club.


  2. It could be satire, but the Jackelope has been a powerful symbol of the West. It is a legend that deserves some respect. It is funny, but to me the Jackelope is a mysterious creature.

  3. It might be a wild guess, but I think that the Jacelope uses his antlers to impress the females – only the males do have antlers.

  4. I firmly believed in the Jackalope for 4 years and yeah it was in a BAR I discovered my mystical lucky bunny was in fact no where to be found 🙁 – I felt like I did when I saw father Xmas kissing my mom under the missletoe

  5. The Jackelope is as real as they come. I remember when I was about 7 or 8, my Grandfather took us pheasant hunting on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. That’s when I first saw this wonderful animal. Needless to say Grandpa got so excited, took a shot at him & missed (Thankfully). Jack scampered away lightening fast, never did see him again the rest of the trip.

  6. Previous to 1960, Jackalopes were never seen in the coastal regions of Southern California.

    Oddly enough in the 1960’s there was one of the largest herds of these ever seen in the mountains above Laguna Beach.

    There were so many in fact, that you would often see them in the early morning nibbling on the tender greens in neighborhood gardens.

    Then in the summer of 1971, just as mysteriously as they had arrived, they were gone.

    Many old homes in Laguna Beach still have photos of their children feeding these cheerful animals.

  7. my friend and i are going to become scientists and figure these things out, because were either going ot make them real, or rediscover them.

  8. Tales of jackalopes were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus also known as Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which causes the growth of horn- and antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit’s head and body. Wikipedia has a picture of one with “antlers” growing out of it’s mouth


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