‘Hollywood’, a well-known Oklahoma elk, was poached over the weekend. A $1,000 reward is being offered.
‘Hollywood’, an 8.5-year old Oklahoma bull elk, was found illegally killed over the weekend, according to Oklahoma’s News On 6. The elk was well-known to visitors at the J.T. Nickel Preserve in Cherokee County. Although there is an elk season in Cherokee County, the preserve is closed to hunting year-round.
Elk were re-introduced to this region in 2005, following a 150-year hiatus. The preserve, the largest in the Ozarks at 17,000 acres, is owned by the Nature Conservancy. The poachers made off with the head and a small amount of meat, leaving the rest to go to waste.
These types of instances appear to be happening more and more frequently. Well-known deer, elk and even lions, are being poached in suburban areas and on preserves. Not only are these criminal acts, but they cast a dark shadow on hunters as a whole.
The Nature Conservancy is offering a $1,000 reward for information pertaining to the incident. This is in addition to any reward the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation may offer. Those with information should contact one of the following ODWC wardens: Brady May- (918) 431-2552, Tony Clark – (918) 431-2562 or Joe Adair – (918) 431-2543.
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