Groups raise reward for information on illegal elk killing

Groups have joined together to offer a reward after a famous elk was illegally killed near Tahlequah. 

Hollywood, the 8-year-old elk, lived at the Nature Conservancy's J.T. Nickel Preserve, but was beheaded this weekend. According to members of the Nature Conservancy, the animal was well-known.

“It was not uncommon to see Hollywood on a daily basis,” said Jeremy Tubbs, Director of J.T. Nickel Preserve. “He was commonly photographed by visitors. He was not just any elk, he was an elk that people looked for when visiting the preserve.” 

The Nature Conservancy initially pledged a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the conviction of those responsible for poaching the animal. Natureworks, a Tulsa-based organization, The Operation Game Thief and the Oklahoma State Game Wardens Association joined the cause, raising the total to $3,000. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation at one of these numbers:

  • Cpt. Joe Adair  918-431-2543
  • Tony Clark  918-431-2562
  • Brady May  918-431-2552

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