The bear whisperer: Scholar plans to expand educational empire

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2010 - 2:45 PM

But not everyone agrees with the methods of Lynn Rogers, with the Wildlife Research Institute, and the North American Bear Center near Ely.

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dhayenOct. 15, 1011:03 PM

giving the bear a name, such as Sarah. It really tugs at the heart strings to hear that "Sarah" died rather than research bear #15. This man is tampering with OUR wildlife - we as Minnesotans own these animals - and I want HIM to keep away from them. Collars off and free to hunt the wildlife that I, as a Minnesota taxpayer and legal bear permit holder, am entitled to hunt.

mahogma66Oct. 15, 1011:06 PM

As a person who spends time in Alaskan bear country,I wouldn't do this on a bet. To each his own,I suppose,but bears are wild animals. Large,powerful wild animals,best appreciated from a safe distance.

LissieBOct. 16, 1012:06 AM

We do not 'own' what is free. You are not entitled to hunt every bear on this earth. Get over yourself.

teresainmnOct. 16, 10 2:00 AM

I've been following this on facebook for about a year now and I think Lynn Rodgers and his team are doing a great work with the bears. These research bears need to be left alone,and not hunted... they are giving good and valuable information about black bear habitat and it's totally changed my perception of bears. I am NOT anti-hunting...I just think this research is important enough to be given some concessions!

thexbarOct. 16, 10 2:30 AM

Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Lynn Roger's methodology, he does have a permit to study black bear in Minnesota. The permit is issued by the same DNR that I believe issues hunting licenses. The state obviously sees benefit to both studying and hunting black bear. I am not opposed to hunting - I think it's necessary. However, I do not see how it makes sense to issue a permit to study the bears and not make an effort to protect the study "material". I don't believe that spotting a collar - or a collar with ribbons - is any more of a constraint than requiring a hunter to estimate antler length before taking the shot or discerning the difference between a snow goose and a Trumpeter swan. Accidental or not, there is a consequence for killing these animals. Study bears comprise an infinitesimal fraction of the black bear population in Minnesota - totaling approximately 13. I think they - and the investment in education they represent - are worth protecting. Incidentally, I'm a very conservative Minnesota female who grew up hunting with my dad - just to challenge stereotypes. ;)

onelesscarOct. 16, 10 7:05 AM

Baiting a bear with sweets week after week and then shooting a sitting target is NOT hunting. Try actually hiking through the woods with a bow and tracking a wild bear in its element. Much closer to sport. Better yet, track one with a camera. Bear meat/fur is terrible anyway. The photos are amazing.

justsayingOct. 16, 10 7:36 AM

Because it is too much work. It's not as easy as you non-hunters proclaim. I won't go into details but until you've done it you have no clue.

justsayingOct. 16, 10 7:45 AM

Seriously, 40 years of playing with bears as personal pets. It's not studying and I think the DNR agrees. Bears have a mortality rate. It's part of studying bears. Stop naming them. Every article the stribune that has printed, not one includes what Lynn has actually contributed. Anyone can file a paper.

lyman54Oct. 16, 10 8:19 AM

Have you ever tried bear? Or don't you know how to cook? Bear meat is awesome, I'd eat a bear steak before a T-bone, so would my 11 year old daughter. People who have never hunted bear are clueless about the hard work involved, and shouldn't comment on it until they have tried it

fishdreamsOct. 16, 10 8:19 AM

Can someone explain to me why a private citizen such as Rogers is allowed to do "research" on wild free ranging animals in MN. He not anymore entitled to those animals than any other MN resident. Why can't I say I am doing "research" on all of the wild bears in the Ely area and anyone drugging them and putting pink collars on them is disrupting my "research" of what wild bears really are.


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