Natural Resources Police regain use of helicopter
Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources has regained the use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance. The agency said it’s using the aircraft to enforce deer hunting and oyster harvesting regulations. The aviation unit was eliminated in 2009 in a cost-cutting move. The agency says the helicopter was then transferred to the Harford County sheriff’s office. Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said that when the chopper became available last year, he was determined to acquire it, and Gov. Larry Hogan agreed. Belton said the 44-year-old aircraft was refurbished before it was returned to service last week.