A state mythical creature for South Dakota?
In Wyoming, lawmakers have introduced a bill to declare the jackalope the official “state mythical creature.”
The jackalope, a jackrabbit with antelope horns, is most closely tied to Wyoming, with the first reported sighting of this nonexistent beast in Douglas, Wyo. But anyone who’s been to Wall Drug knows South Dakota has its share of ties to the creature. Former Sen. Jim Abdnor once presented one of the creatures to President Ronald Reagan as a gift.
South Dakota has a state animal, bird, floral emblem, tree, mineral stone, gemstone, grass, insect, fish, drink, fossil, jewelry, musical instrument, soil, dessert, sport and bread. Last year lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to make the bison the state mascot, while the inimitable Frank Kloucek failed in an attempt to make kolache the state pastry.
There’s no state “mythical creature.”
If we did have one, what would it be? The jackalope is probably the first thing that comes to mind, but it seems unsporting to take it when Wyoming has a better claim (never mind that lots of states share official emblems).
Sioux Falls artist Sharon Wegner-Larsen created the above rendition of a “pheasalope,” though the term has also been used for a jackalope with a pheasant’s tail.
Make your suggestions for state mythical creature, both serious and comic (“Democrats”), in the comments.
Above: Pheasalope by OMEGAFAUNA on Flickr.