Ely, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Dr. Lynn Rogers is seeking a meeting with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in hopes of renewing his permit to research black bears.
Dr. Rogers released this update on his BearStudy.org website:
"Lily Fans are coming through with strength that is much appreciated and giving us hope. Meanwhile, we are starting to explore more gentle avenues toward a peaceful settlement. We hope to meet with Governor Mark Dayton. We deeply appreciate the heartfelt letters that have already been sent but ask that letters be held while we negotiate a meeting with the governor. We want to avoid legal proceedings, if possible, but have set up a separate Legal Fund in preparation for the worst."
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that they would not renew Dr. Rogers' permit on the basis that he has contributed to the habitation of black bears in northern Minnesota and promoted the animal in an unprofessional manner.
Rogers says the DNR's decision is not in the best interest of the public and that he hopes his years of work has contributed to a positive focus and education on the black bear population in the region.
Rogers' current research permit expires on July 31st, at which time all radio collars must be removed from the research bears.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns