Bear Researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers Will Temporarily Keep Permits

By KBJR News 1

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Just days before his research permit is set to expire.. famed bear researcher Doctor Lynn Rogers has scored a major victory in court.

Rogers attorney appeared in court today seeking a temporary restraining order that would defer Wednesday's deadline for him to remove the collars from the bears he currently studies

It was the ruling that famed Ely Bear Researcher Doctor Lynn Rogers was waiting for...

"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," said Sue Mansfield with the Wildlife Research Institute.

A judge in Ramsey County ruled that Dr. Lynn Rogers will be able to keep his research permits while his appeal before an administrative judge is pending

"We were requesting a restraining order against the D-N-R to stop them from making us remove the radio collars and we won," said Rogers.

Rogers will be able to keep the tracking collars on ten wild bears currently collared in Ely

"If we had to take them off we would just lose these bears," said Rogers.

The appeal process with the Minnesota D-N-R could be ongoing for the next six to nine months before a decision is made

"I'm 74 years old, there's so many good things to be done and I just hate to be distracted by wasting time and money on something like this," said Rogers.

The judge ruled that Rogers will no longer be allowed to transmit live video from his den cams on to the web.

"We just don't think that there's a research value to that," said Chris Niskanen with the Minnesota DNR.

But he can continue to feed them by hand, despite concerns from the DNR.

"Hand feeding bears, um, habituates bears, um to view humans as a source of food," said Niskanen.

Rogers hopes to have the D-N-R's strong cooperation going forward so he can continue doing bear research for the rest of his life.

"What we do is good for the state, it's good for science and it's good for education.," said Rogers.

The Minnesota D-N-R still intends on taking Rogers' research permits away from him out of concern for public safety.

Both sides will meet for a hearing in the next couple months.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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