A Minnesota bear researcher remains under orders to remove radio collars from bears he’s studying by the end of the month, but will be allowed to appeal. Bear researcher Lynn Rogers sounded optimistic after a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr on Monday. But Landwehr said afterward he does not plan to lift his decision to rescind Rogers’ permit to keep tracking collars on bears in the Ely area.
Embattled bear researcher Lynn Rogers is hoping to take his fight to the top. He said Wednesday he’s trying to get a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal a Department of Natural Resources decision not to renew his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens. The Ely-based researcher has a devoted following, but he’s run afoul of DNR officials who say he’s made wild bears too comfortable around humans and question the scientific value of his work.
A renowned bear researcher known to hand-feed the animals and broadcast the birth of cubs over the Internet is losing his Minnesota permit to do his close-up research. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources informed Lynn Rogers on Friday that he wouldn’t get a new permit to radio-collar wild bears or videotape them in their dens.