Ely, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- When the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) refused to renew Lynn Rogers' permit for bear research in July 2013, he appealed their decision through the Office of Administrative Hearings, according to the Wildlife Research Institute (WRI).
The hearing discussed whether Dr. Rogers should be required to obtain a permit to radio–collar bears, and whether the DNR had sufficient cause to refuse to renew Dr. Rogers' permit.
Tuesday a Chief Administrative Law Judge ruled that the DNR did have cause to not renew the permits and agreed that Rogers cannot install any new bear den cams.
The judge says Dr. Rogers cannot collar or intentionally handle bears, nor visit bear dens as both activities are prohibited without a permit granted by the DNR.
Dr. Rogers is dissatisfied with the court's final ruling regarding collaring and bear den cams. WRI claims that the court did not prove that radio collaring bears and using den cams were public safety issues.
Dr. Rogers is planning to appeal the DNR's final decision in the case that it coincides with certain aspects of the court's final ruling.
The DNR says the judge's ruling is a recommendation not an order and under Minnesota law, the DNR has the final decision on research permits. The DNR expects to submit a final decision in the Bear Case by early September at the latest.