Search continues, reward increased for info on elk illegally killed at Oklahoma nature preserve

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"Hollywood" at J.T. Nickel Preserve -1- Photo provided by preserve visitor Becky Drake

OKLAHOMA – The search continues for information leading to the conviction of the individual(s) responsible for poaching a popular elk known as ‘Hollywood,’ and the reward has increased to $4,550.

As of Wednesday, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife has not received any concrete tips on this case, according to a press release.

Commonly seen resting near the roadside greeting visitors, Hollywood, a well-known 8-year-old bull elk at The Nature Conservancy’s J.T. Nickel Preserve near Tahlequah, was illegally killed.

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

While there is a legal hunting season for elk in Cherokee County, hunting is prohibited 365 days a year on the J.T. Nickel Preserve, which is privately owned by The Nature Conservancy, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the incident, is encouraged to immediately contact one of the following ODWC game wardens:

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

Anyone wanting to contribute to the reward or donate to support elk habitat at the J.T. Nickel Preserve may do so by contacting The Nature Conservancy at 918-585-1117.

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