Ely Bear Researcher "Ready for Court Battle" against MN DNR

By KBJR News 1

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM CDT

Ely, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Doctor Lynn Rogers says the Governor's siding with the DNR to revoke his research permit was frustrating. But he says he and his worldwide network of supporters are ready to fight that decision in court.

"We had no choice but to file for a Temporary Restraining Order against the DNR," said Rogers, outside of his research institute just outside of Ely Wednesday.

That legal action could be lengthy and expensive.

Rogers says he has received some $30,000 dollars in worldwide donations to help support that battle.

"We want a full investigation on everything they're throwing at us, because we know the truth behind it," added Rogers.

Rogers says he wanted to avoid taking this matter to court. He was hoping the governor would see things his way and the DNR would work with him.

"...mutual cooperation so we can get something done. I don't know how many years I have left," said Rogers.

Just outside Ely, at the North American Bear Center, Director Judy Thon says Rogers has been gathering some of the best data of his career over the past year. She says modern technology has greatly advanced research techniques and ending it now would be devastating for black bear education.

"That's where we [learn] from, and [now], our learning ends," said Thon.

The DNR says Rogers research techniques have led to some dangerous behavior by bears who felt very comfortable around people.

Rogers and Thon say that's not the case.

"There's no [residential] complaints. And why is that? The bears are out there, eating wild food," said Thon, referring to what she and Rogers say is an exceptionally good wild berry year. "It's what they prefer, it's what they want."

Until Rogers's case is heard in Ramsay County court on Monday, he's busy gathering witnesses, and paperwork, to strengthen his case, knowing that August First could mean the end to decades of research.

If Rogers is granted a Temporary Restraining Order, he says the research bears will remain collared until a more extensive examination of his case takes place.

- Posted to the web by Billy Wagness