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The Hughes 500D is Leading Edge Aviation's main capture helicopter, according to its website. A crew from the Idaho company will begin an elk collaring program in Theodore Roosevelt National Park today.

'Capture monkeys' in action: Pilot to fly elk capture excursion in TRNP today

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Owner and pilot of Leading Edge Aviation, Jim Pope, 50, said from a landing and fuel stop in Deer Lodge, Mont., on his way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Tuesday morning that he has been a helicopter pilot leading a crew capturing wild animals much of his life.

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