St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A judge has granted a temporary reprieve to a Minnesota researcher trying to keep tracking collars on ten wild bears.
The Minnesota DNR told Dr. Lynn Rogers last month that they would not renew his permit to research bears in Northeastern Minnesota and that he would have to remove the collars from the bears by the end of July.
Today a Ramsey County Judge ruled that Rogers can keep the collars on the bears, at least until the issue is decided by an administrative law judge sometime next year.
Rogers, who's had research permit since 1999, had been facing a Thursday deadline to remove the collars.
"I'm pleased to report that the collars will stay on and the research can continue, until the end of this process and, we're delighted," says Sue Mansfield of the Wildlife Research Institute.
The dispute, between Rogers and the DNR will go to an administrative law judge in a process that should last at least six months.
In the meantime Rogers can keep the collars on the bears, but he won't be allowed to transmit live video from his den cams on the web.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns