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Helicopter Pilot Accused Of Harassing Wildlife

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials have fined a medical helicopter pilot from Arizona after he was accused of harassing wildlife by a group of hunters who said he was flying low over an elk herd.

Authorities said Thursday that Owen Park, of Page, Ariz., was issued penalty points against his hunting and fishing privileges and ordered to pay a $200 fine. The incident occurred on Sept. 23 near the headwaters of Granite Creek, southwest of Grand Junction

Park is a pilot for Classic Lifeguard Air Medical in Page. He did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Wildlife officials say Park and his crew were returning to Arizona after delivering a patient to a hospital in Grand Junction.

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