Embattled Minn. bear researcher taking fight to top, hopes governor will hear him out

  • Article by: STEVE KARNOWSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 3, 2013 - 5:45 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — Embattled bear researcher Lynn Rogers is hoping to take his fight to the top. He said Wednesday he's trying to get a meeting with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal a decision by the Department of Natural Resources not to renew his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens.

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kkjerJul. 3, 13 5:16 PM

He is just lucky that one of his bears hasn't killed anybody. It is just common sense that you do not acclimate a predator to humans. To a bear we can just look like a good lunch.

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radagastJul. 3, 13 5:27 PM

The DNR is a hunting advocacy organization. It doesn't surprise me that they don't like Mr. Rogers' work. I hope he prevails with the Governor.

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digiserv66Jul. 3, 13 6:22 PM

With this guy "hand-feeding bears to gain their trust" combined with out governor I think that there isn't much question that his permit will be reinstated. Insanity loves company.

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chavistaJul. 3, 13 6:26 PM

The first thing that Mr. Rogers needs to do is put up a list of peer reviewed studies that he's published since 1978. At a minimum, he should have published at least 30 different studies since then, and I'm not talking, "letters to the editor". The DNR has claimed that he hasn't published any, so if he can disprove this he might not have to go begging to the governor.

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woodyagJul. 3, 13 6:41 PM

I wonder if the DNR is aware of the "astroturfing" phenomenon? Give it a google, or wikipedia. I'm actually an expert in the field- and I'd bet my shirt that 40% of all the negative comments about Dr. Rogers, and "what everybody knows about feeding predators" - actually originated with perhaps 5 hardworking astroturfers. Where, pray tell, are the documented cases of problem bears? I have yet to see ONE. And Rogers does NOT "acclimate them to human contact" - the ONLY person they allow to approach; is him. EXACTLY like Jane Goodall - and remember, in the early years, there were tons of people whining about how she was going to "spoil" the wild chimpanzees. NONSENSE - as time has proven.

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stinkpig1Jul. 3, 13 7:22 PM

He hasn't done anything with his 46 year of research. No books, no papers, nothing really learned. Just letter writing and publicity for his tourist trap Bear Center. Funny how no other type of researcher in Minnesota or otherwise has come to his defense, he a wack-job crackpot and they no it.

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basia2186Jul. 3, 13 7:34 PM

His "studies" have educated tens if not hundreds of thousands of people about black bears. Bears are lively, intelligent mammals that love to play. They are omnivores, not blood thirsty predators. Many uneducated and self-serving hunters would prefer that the citizens hate and fear both bears and wolves so they can kill more of them. Some deep hunters can't take the competition. My husband is an avid deer interior over 30 years. He almost always gets one or two. The few times he's not gotten a deer he certainly blames no wild animal for his bad luck. My husband Lao knows that he would quickly become single If he hunted bear or wolves. Hunting animals with bait is not hunting, it is disgusting. Killing animals you are not going to eat is a disorder.

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huntthewestJul. 3, 13 9:37 PM

It's about time! Good for the DNR. Private Citizens should not be allowed to collar wild animals and habituate them to human contact. It's a recipe for disaster. Either by conflict with humans and bears or hunters and the Disney crowd. The only reasons he wants the collars and cameras on these bears is to keep the money flowing.

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aardvark878Jul. 3, 1310:00 PM

"EXACTLY like Jane Goodall - and remember, in the early years, there were tons of people whining about how she was going to "spoil" the wild chimpanzees. NONSENSE - as time has proven." Actually, one of her study chimps killed a human infant. And feeding the chimps led to so many aggression problems that had she known, she wouldn't have done it: "Dr JANE GOODALL: It’s very hard to look back with hindsight and say oh well I would have done it differently. If I had gone to Gombe and had access to information about the effect of feeding bananas on wild chimpanzees I wouldn’t have done it. NARRATOR: This may be the supreme irony of Gombe. In our desire to understand ourselves we may have distorted the very animals we were using as a mirror. We do share much with our closest ancestors, but ultimately chimpanzees are not windows in to the human soul." http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2004/demonicapetrans.shtml

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rshacklefordJul. 3, 1310:46 PM

Ely is supporting him for the tourism money, that is all. When he is offered a permit in a real middle-of-nowhere woods which is the best he's gonna get, Ely will forget about him. Remember the guy who lived with his "bear friends" in Alaska? That is until the bears, on their 104,150,370 time of thinking about eating him finally went and did it?

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