Justice for Beloved Elk Killed and Beheaded for a Trophy

Target: Nate King, Tahlequah Police Chief

Goal: Punish the murderers of the beloved and protected elk “Hollywood” to the fullest extent of the law.

An almost nine-year-old elk was brutally murdered and mutilated for sport on the J.T. Nickel Preserve nature conservancy in Cherokee County, Oklahoma. Hollywood and a small herd of fellow elk were reinstated to this preserve in Ozark mountain country over ten years ago after their species was previously stamped out over 150 years ago due to an excess of hunting and environmental degradation.

Hollywood was an exceptional elk because of his trusting nature, as most elk tend to be quite secretive and standoffish. He even earned his name by appearing to be consistently unafraid of humans and very camera-friendly.

Of course, game hunting is illegal at the J.T. Nickel preserve, as it is on most nature conservancies across the country, but especially due to the presence of endangered species. For this reason, the killing is thought to be planned and Hollywood, due to his extremely tame behavior, was unfortunately used as an easy target. Also, since only the head and a minimal amount of meat was taken, the murder is considered a trophy kill.

The public opinion expressed on news networks and social media about Hollywood’s murder is of great anger and sadness. Signing the petition below will add national strength to Cherokee County’s already outraged citizens to ensure that justice is served for Hollywood, the friendly and peaceful elk.


Recently, Hollywood the family-friendly elk, was brutally decapitated and mutilated on the J.T. Nickel preserve. Hunting on this nature conservancy is, as you know, illegal, and this murder was an unmistakable trophy kill, with only the head and a small amount of meat taken from the body. Hollywood and his fellow herd of elk were reintroduced to the Ozarks just over ten years ago due to their prior endangerment of extinction.

Since the nature preserve exists to protect the animals, the killers who intentionally brutalized Hollywood need to be not only held accountable for disregarding and violating the law, but especially for the vicious, callous and cowardly aim–the premeditated murder of a tame and trusting animal.

This trophy kill is not only a violation of nature conservancy protection policies, but it is also a direct threat to the survival of this species of bull elk that were only recently replenished. We urge you to take swift action in the investigation, pursuit and indictment of the cruel monsters that perpetrated such a crime on a docile, nature conservancy elk.


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Photo Credit: Larry Smith

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  1. Another nail in the coffins of hunters, aka “nonhuman serial killers”…who may soon become the huntED at this rate, as they probably ought to be.

  2. hal shootel says:

    Perhaps it is time to kill the killers. That is the plight of wolves.

  3. Margrit Simons says:

    I can not understand the cruel world we live in!

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