What is a Jackalope?
The first recorded Jackalope sighting occurred in the Mid-west United States in the mid-1800’s. The “American” or “Southern” Jackalope is a large Hare-like creature distinguished from its cousins the Jack rabbit or Hare by its large Antlers. The Southern Jackalope is known to be a trickster who occasionally mimics the human voice to lure cowboys away from their campfires in order to steal their food or sometimes just for a laugh.
The rare and somewhat smaller Eastern-Canadian Jackalope or Jacques-à-lopes is a quieter, gentler animal than its southern cousin. It is less Hare-like and resembles the Cottontail Rabbit but has small prong horns centred slightly forward of it long ears.
The Eastern-Canadian Jackalope makes its home mainly in rocky areas of the Boreal Forest. Jackalopes enjoy both cedar bush and maple forests which abound in Eastern Ontario. The Jackalope is also known to inhabit farmland where cottontail rabbits are prominent as it likes to “blend in” with its cousins to avoid detection. Jackalopes may breed with cottontail rabbits as they are very loving and believe rabbit harmony and are against bigotry of all kinds.
Most Jackalopes are wary of people and have only contempt for Hunters. The Jackalope is so wiley and shy that there have been very few sightings. Several recent sightings remain unconfirmed as the folks who reported were found to have a severe addiction to maple candy and were therefore unreliable. In fact, sightings of Eastern Canadian Jackalopes are so rare that many people do not believe that Jackalopes exist. This includes several rather sassy young art campers of recent years. We wish them luck.
The main diet of the Jackalope is similar to that of the cottontail with the exception of a penchant for Maple Syrup on pancakes and campfire marshmallows. Campers in Lanark county are warned not to chase Jackalopes as they will lead you into large patches of poison ivy. “Leaves of three, let it be. Horns, of two, will mess with you.”
Thank you for interest in The Eastern Canadian Jackalope. At Jackalope Farm we are dedicated to the continued support of the local Jackalope population. Contributions of Maple Syrup and Marshmallows are greatly appreciated and often consumed by Art Campers.