Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- There was a new development in the ongoing battle between Ely bear researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers and the Minnesota DNR involving the loss of permits to collar bears for research.
On Tuesday, an administrative judge gave both sides the opportunity to submit additional comments after e-mails came to light.
Rogers and his attorney believe the e-mails will help the case now under review by the judge.
Earlier this month Doctor Rogers asked the Judge to compel the DNR to submit dozens of pages in e-mails and a draft paper authored by the DNR Bear Project Leader.
Dr. Rogers argues the documents and three more recent e-mails support his claim that the Project Leader intentionally excluded him from participating in a peer re-reviewed paper.
During the hearing the DNR argued that Dr. Rogers' permits were not being renewed, in part, because he hadn't published any recent peer-reviewed papers. Publishing is a mainstay of legitimacy for a researcher.
Last year, the DNR reduced the number of bears Rogers was permitted to collar and took away his permit to install cameras in bear dens.
In past interviews Dr. Rogers said the DNR has been spreading false information about him
"The stuff that the DNR spread to the public about my publication record and the public safety issues was just a lot of exaggerations and trying to make a case," Dr. Lynn Rogers said.
Chief Judge Pust imposed monetary sanctions against the Department for its failure to comply with the rules of discovery.
However, a request by Dr. Rogers to have certain e-mails authored on March 24th of this year, included in the discovery, was denied.
Dr. Rogers and DNR have until May 2nd to weigh in on the other material that's come to light as part of their post hearing submissions.
Pust will have 30 days from May 2nd to give her recommendation on the case involving the Doctor's work with bears.