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Topic - Lynn Rogers
A Minnesota researcher has surprised his followers and officials alike by removing radio collars from his research bears in the Ely area.
The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to deny a permit to a researcher for putting radio collars on black bears in northern Minnesota, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, saying his methods raise significant public safety concerns.
An administrative law judge has delayed a ruling and given both sides more time to file papers in the case of Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers, who's fighting to win back his research permit.
As a child, Stephanie Hern loved working with her hands so much that her mother nicknamed her Bob the Builder.
Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers defended his methods Thursday in an attempt to win back his research permit, saying his hand-feeding of wild black bears does not make the animals more dangerous.
Neighbors of a Minnesota man who was denied a permit to continue his research told an administrative law judge Tuesday that the wild bears he studies aren't dangerous and don't cause problems.
Attorneys for a northern Minnesota bear researcher argued Monday he doesn't need a permit to affix radio collars to wild black bears or put cameras in their dens.
A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources official says a report that Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers gave tips to people in his "bear course" on feeding the animals from their mouths is "egregious."
State wildlife officials told a judge Monday that a bear researcher working in northern Minnesota is unprofessional and endangering public safety by feeding bears, but attorneys for the researcher said he's unfairly being targeted because of past disagreements with the state.
Researchers fear a hunter may have killed a black bear named Hope that became famous when her birth in northeastern Minnesota was broadcast live to a worldwide audience over the Internet.
Rogers denies that his work poses a danger.
He said the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources had "just gutted our project by ... restricting the number of radio collars, restricting the kinds of data we could collect, to the point that it was hardly scientifically viable to work under those restrictions," Rogers said.