Jackalopes Return to Yellowstone Ecosystem

After a 93 year hiatus, the elusive Jackalope has returned to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem! These beautiful, yet frightening, creatures were once widely collected by tourists, but better management practices have allowed a re-introduced pack to thrive again. These guys have been sporadically spotted all around the west, including Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico. Idaho allowed a “shoot on sight” policy for jackalopes, so they have not been seen there in quite a while.

Closely resembling a the jackrabbit, the jackalope is actually a member of the hare and the antelope family. With an average height of two feet, this a formidable predator in our ecosystem. They may even compete with our largest grizzlies and wolves for meals.

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These wiley critters love the full moon, and that’s when you’re most likely to see them. You probably won’t get near one though, unless you can entice it with some whiskey. Jackalopes are among the most dangerous of the wildlife in our ecosystem. Locals will recommend you wear stovepipes on your legs in jackalope country, otherwise you may be gored by their razor-sharp antlers.

Yellowstone National Park regulations require visitors to stay at least 1,000 yards away from any jackalopes inside park boundaries. If you are lucky enough to spot one, you should alert a ranger as soon as possible.


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