Ely bear researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers on trial this week

By KBJR News 1

Ely bear researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers on trial this week

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The controversial methods of Ely bear researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers are on trial this week in St. Paul.

The issue involves Roger's dispute with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources over Rogers' controversial methods of studying black bear behavior. For many years Rogers has tracked the bears in his study group, by affixing radio collars which transmit signals on their whereabouts.

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. The den cams brought international attention to Roger's study and thousands of dollars for his research.

Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust will hear from dozens of witnesses and analyze hundreds of exhibits. Experts say the DNR part of the trial could last more than a week.

After that Lynn Rogers will get a chance to present his side of the case. Lynn Rogers and his assistant Sue Mansfield are expected to take the stand.

Ramona Marozas