The Legend of the Wisconsin Hodag

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 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.”



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