Jane Goodall Shows Support for Bear Researcher Lynn Rogers

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 10:06 AM CDT

Ely, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Rogers can no longer put his den cam bear video footage online, but he has kept his spirits up with the support of primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as many others.

Rogers first met Goodall almost 15 years ago when he was on a lecture tour in Ontario.

They sat down and discussed their work.

"Somebody set me up to have an appointment to talk to her for a half hour and it was wonderful," said Rogers.

Goodall had hoped to make a trip out to the bear research center in Ely but never got a chance to do so.

"She's so busy she's not somebody you can just call up," he said.

Goodall wrote a letter to Minnesota Governor Dayton to explain how important Rogers' research is.

"Somehow she, not from me, ya know heard about the DNR problem and wanted to help, and I'm just thankful for that," said Rogers.

He also says that her support means everything to him.

"She knows that what we're doing is unique in the world, and it's a chance to see bears and get to know bears in a way you can't anywhere else."

Missy Hietala, administrative assistant for the bear research center says although the battle between Rogers and the DNR continues the traffic at the research center has not been affected.

"We usually get more of the tourists that come up here in the summertime anyway, so they just want to come and see the bears and learn about them and experience it. I don't know necessarily if the collared bears have anything to do with why they necessarily come here," said Hietala.

Rogers says that he cannot wait for the next hearing with the DNR so that he can continue his research and hopefully continue to put educational videos online.

Rogers has also received support from many teachers and education professionals as well as from biologists and other wildlife researchers from all over the nation.

Elsa Robins