Sunday, 5 October 2014

DNR rules against Minnesota bear researcher

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press · Minneapolis · Sep 24, 2014

Lynn Rogers Derek Montgomery / For MPR News

The state Department of Natural Resources has affirmed its decision to deny a permit to for putting radio collars on black bears to a Minnesota researcher who has gained international attention for his work.

In a decision announced Wednesday, DNR administrator Kent Lokkesmoe backed an administrative law judge who ruled in May that the state agency had the authority to refuse to renew Lynn Rogers' permit for collaring the bears. The DNR had cited concerns about public safety and conduct by Rogers that it considered unprofessional, such as hand-feeding bears to gain their trust. The department also questioned the validity of his research.

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