Photos released of Hollywood, elk who was poached, left headless at Nickel Preserve near Tahlequah

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) -- The reward for information about the death of a nearly 9-year-old elk killed in a nature preserve in Tahlequah has increased to $4,000.

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTO NEAR BOTTOM OF THIS STORY. YOU WILL SEE ANOTHER WARNING BEFORE THE PICTURE APPEARS.

The increase in the reward comes as officials continue to search Tuesday for details leading to an arrest and conviction of those who killed a bull elk named Hollywood in the J.T. Nickel Preserve.

The Nature Conservancy owns the preserve and says that the elk was killed sometime during the weekend. The poachers cut off the animal's head and removed part of its hindquarters.

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

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation released photos of Hollywood's body after it was found. The image is graphic and we made the decision to blur out part of the picture.
 

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