Where the testimony stands in the “Bear Case” of Ely bear researcher

By KBJR News 1

Where the testimony stands in the “Bear Case” of Ely bear researcher

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM CDT

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

Minnesota DNR witnesses have completed their testimonies. Now Dr. Lynn Rogers is presenting his side of the issue.

Dr. Rogers is expected to take the stand, and he says he is looking forward to speaking what he believes is his truth.

Several residents of Eagles Nest Township testified for the DNR. They say bears were not a problem in the area until the doctor began hand feeding the animals.

They believe the bears have been habituated to humans and pose safety issues for them and others, including small children.

The Minnesota DNR says despite the fact that Rogers has held a scientific research permit for 14 years, at the time that his permit was not renewed, he had not yet published any peer-reviewed papers - which is a requirement of legitimate biological, ecological and wildlife research.

Ramona Marozas

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