- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - A reward is being offered in the search for the poachers who killed a popular elk at a northwestern Oklahoma nature preserve and cut off the animal’s head.

Several organizations have pledged a total of $4,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the killing of the bull elk nicknamed Hollywood at the J.T. Nickel preserve in Tahlequah.

The Nature Conservancy owns the preserve and says Hollywood was regularly featured in social media posts from visitors because he’d stay put for photos. The group says he was killed sometime during the weekend. The poachers cut off his head and removed part of his hindquarters.

The Tulsa World reports (bit.ly/23cu8bS) a group of five bulls and 15 cows was transplanted to the preserve in 2005 to re-establish an elk herd in the Ozarks. Hunting there is prohibited.

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