In 1893 newspapers reported the discovery of a Hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It had “the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end”. The reports were instigated by well-known Wisconsin timber cruiser and prankster Eugene Shepard, who rounded up a group of local people to capture the animal. The group reported that they needed to use dynamite to kill the beast.
A photograph of the remains of the charred beast was released to the media. It was “the fiercest, strangest, most frightening monster ever to set razor sharp claws on the earth. It became extinct after its main food source, all white bulldogs, became scarce in the area. This is stripped straight from Wikipedia cause it made me laugh… see the rest here
There are a ton of various sculpted renderings of this beast I’m sure the internet will show you many, or hey… take a drive up to Rhinelander and get us a picture of the real one yourself! On your marks, get set… and draw!
Our Judge this week is Dr Gary! He’s my Northwoods guy! Doctor, Woodsman and now free range chicken farmer, though I’m pretty convinced he’s doing it to have a story about bears eating his birds!
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