Cherished piece of folklore stolen from Wisconsin pub

RHINELANDER, Wisc. (WJFW) – For more than 100 years a mysterious creature called a “Hodag” has called Rhinelander, Wisconsin home.

“The Hodag is a rich part of the Rhinelander community and our history,” said Sgt. Brian Colombino of the Rhinelander Police Department.

Recently, a mini Hodag statue was stolen from the Rhinelander Cafe and Pub.

Sometime between Saturday night on November 25 and the early morning on November 26, the mini Hodag, which costs about $2,000, was stolen from the back entrance.

The mini Hodags are placed on a concrete base and secured. A typical wrench also can’t unscrew the bolts. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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