Helicopter pilot accused of harassing wildlife

Posted: Updated:
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

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. The hunters claimed he was flying low over a herd of elk.

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.

© 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.