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SFUAD Reports Increase in Number of Jackalope Sightings on Campus

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Escalating suspicions a jackalope warren of interconnecting burrows is within close proximity to its campus

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Lauren McDaniel

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Santa Fe, NM - April 1, 2016 - Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) today announced a growing number of jackalope sightings by students, raising suspicion that a jackalope warren of interconnecting burrows is within close proximity to its New Mexico campus.

The university has issued a video report capturing some testimonials from its student body. Several students from across majors have testified to seeing the antlered rabbit species with more frequency as of late, with some indicating that the jackalopes have appeared timid, while others have displayed more aggressive behavior. Experts have warned the public that a jackalope can be a fierce creature, most commonly known as the ‘warrior rabbit,’ but many zoologists say jackalopes are very shy unless they are approached.

SFUAD officials still advise students, faculty, staff and visitors to approach jackalopes with caution. A local New Mexico international folk art and pottery store, Jackalope, reports on its website that, “if you encounter a jackalope, quickly fall to the ground, and remain calm and still.” To date, no SFUAD students, faculty or staff have reported injuries as a result of jackalope encounters.

The legend of the jackalope, which is rumored to be extinct, has been shrouded in mystery for a century. Some say the horned jackrabbit is simply a mythological creature, others say it’s real flesh and fur. Jackalope populations continue to survive in their native home in the western states of the U.S., and the Western Jackalope (Lepus Tempermentalus) is most frequently seen in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. One folk proverb advises that humans cannot own the jackalope; that we may only harness its brilliant and mystical powers by expanding our own minds and tapping into our creative talents.

“Santa Fe is home to this wondrous and whimsical creature,” said Betty Cesarano, SFUAD executive director of marketing. “We like to tell our students that the jackalope is their ‘spirit animal.’”

If the campus community or public witness a jackalope sighting, or suspected sighting, the university advises they alert others by using the hashtag #jackalopeSFUAD and specify the location and time of day.

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