Nat­u­ral Re­sources Police re­gain use of he­li­copter

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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.

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