Dr. Rogers, State Agree on Administrative Review of DNR Decision

By KBJR News 1

Credit: BearStudy.org

Dr. Rogers, State Agree on Administrative Review of DNR Decision

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The decision by the Minnesota DNR to pull the permits from Bear Researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers will stand for now, but following a meeting with Governor Mark Dayton Monday, Rogers will have an avenue of recourse to challenge that decision.

With the governor moderating DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Dr. Rogers agreed to go through an administrative review of the decision to halt Rogers' research on July 31st.

Commissioner Landwehr said Rogers can continue bear education with the fourteen years of information that he has already collected, but can no longer track and collar bears.

Since Rogers' permit to collar and track bears has been taken away by the DNR, he's been given until July 31st to remove the tracking devices from all ten research bears in the Ely area.

The DNR fears the bears have become too comfortable with people, and vice versa.
Rogers argued that new technology has provided opportunities for bear research and education that has not been seen before.

"The research today is the best I've ever done in my whole career. Because not only are we using the old methods, we're coupling those with the modern technology, GPS particularly," said Dr. Rogers.

Dr. Rogers said he hopes the review process will allow him to get his permit back so that he can continue his work at the International Bear Research Center in Ely.

Dr. Rogers will also have to discontinue use of the den cam, which he says provides information on the least studied part of black bear life; hibernation. However that could change once the case goes before an administrative law judge.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com