Do you know the true story behind the horrifying creature known as the Wisconsin Hodag?
You're about to get an education in this timeless midwest urban legend!
The fearsome Hodag is a legendary creature that haunts the town of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It has been said to possess “the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, and the body of a spiky lizard-like creature.” Writer B.J. Hollars told InsideEdition.com reporters that the creature is all just a hoax. The 19th century hoax was designed in 1893 by Gene Shepard to attract tourists to the small, fledgling town of Rhinelander in north central Wisconsin. It’s become a kind of mascot for the town, Hollars said, and its “legend just continues to grow.”