“Black bear researcher Lynn Rogers has filed suit against the DNR. He’s asking a judge in Ramsey County District Court to issue a temporary restraining order to keep the agency from forcing him to remove collars on about a dozen bears he’s researching,” writes MPR News reporter Stephanie Hemphill.
The DNR has repeatedly told Rogers his practice of hand-feeding bears in his study area near Ely is habituating bears to humans, creating a public safety issue.
“And by habituation I mean, bears in that area now view humans as a source of food,” said DNR spokesman Chris Niskanen. “We’ve certainly heard from citizens in the Eagles Nest area, who’ve told us they don’t feel safe around the bears that are now viewing them as a source of food.”
The DNR also maintains Rogers has not published enough to justify continuing his research permit.
Rogers said he has published reports and is in constant demand to speak at conferences. He said his cameras in bear dens are educating people worldwide.
Today’s Question: Should Lynn Rogers be allowed to continue his work with Minnesota bears?