How bear expert Lynn Rogers can coexist with Minnesota DNR

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 6:24 PM

Researcher’s supporters need to help him publish his work.

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SpringerguyJul. 5, 13 6:46 PM

It would be interesting to see what exactly his "work" will provide when published. This guy strikes me as a passionate advocate of bears but not sure he's providing anything to the environmental science other than gaining notoriety with the web cam. Of course, we always seem to have the tree huggers (typically metro MN) crying foul with the DNR. My suggestion to solve that problem is too transplant some wolves and bears into the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge that runs the length of the south metro; allowing many of the south metro the opportunity to view bears and wolves in their backyards. I would assume many would change their opinion about wild animals if they had them in their backyard versus someone else's. - and don't tell me the Minnesota Valley refuge isn't good habitat, it's 14,000 acres of prime wolf and bear habitat.

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supervon2Jul. 5, 13 6:53 PM

He was warned. He violated the trust given to him. It no longer seems that anybody can listen to authority.

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FrankLJul. 5, 13 7:06 PM

He used to publish serious papers, but when you look at his record in the last decade, the papers fall more into the genre of "aren't bears cool".

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garcialaterJul. 5, 13 7:33 PM

The DNR is a joke. They don't protect anything related to natural resources beyond checking fishing licenses. Money bends the dnr over. Should be DNRD. Department of natural resource development. DNR workers don't appreciate NATURE otherwise someone in the organization would have the strength to step up and protect what ia left of our dwindling outdoors. Cant bring firewood into a state park but you are free to plow wetlands and spread zebra mussels at will. DNR has degraded into a waste of money and a jobs program. You got a fishing license?!

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nonewtaxesJul. 6, 13 5:54 AM

A well reasoned editorial. Why do this research if it is not published?

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gargoyle52Jul. 6, 13 7:29 AM

Lynn Rogers is not a researcher. He is a self promoter. He uses the bears to make money for his organization and himself. He is in the entertainment business, not the science business.

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elmore1Jul. 6, 13 8:17 AM

I have done volunteer work years ago with Lynn and it is fascinating work. I do agree with the board that he ought to make the information available to researchers and the general community. He has done more than anyone to make the world aware of bears, their behavior and how they fit within nature, he also has a unique personality, is a fabulous marketer... and that is at direct odds with the world of professional scholars who toil for years and only are recognized by their peers. There are definitely opportunities for partnerships going forward. The DNR and academics need to also step up and recognize that there is value in his work. Someone needs to be the adult and both sides are being childish.

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FrankLJul. 6, 13 9:16 AM

Actually, he used to be a serious researcher, but that changed later in life.

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george0234Jul. 6, 13 9:22 AM

Whether or not you believe in what Lynn Rogers is doing the fact is he has mesmerized a population of people, even school kids in the classroom. Even the community of Ely has stood up to show its support for Lynn Rogers and the direct impact he has upon the community. Just because Lynn Rogers approach to bear research is unconventional does not mean it is wrong. He has been able to take people up close and personal with one of the premier predators in Northern Minnesota and show a side to it that had never been exposed in the past. As someone who lives in Northern Minnesota I also realize that bears and wolves are part of the landscape and also accept that encounters will occur. If I cant accept their presence then maybe just maybe I am in the wrong.

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wellreadJul. 6, 13 9:45 AM

Those quick to criticize the DNR should do their research. This is not the first time he has lost his permit nor been associated with controversy. The following were all Star Tribune headlines from the 90s: "Two Harbors / Bear expert Lynn Rogers accused in cub deaths released without bail" "Rogers' bear research is under scrutiny in light of allegations, probe" (Includes allegations relating to tranquilizing wildlife in support of his photography business, torturing of a stray cat, stealing a deer for purposes of photographing it, and involvement in a Nature episode where a fawn was tied down and filmed while killed by a study bear) "Bear expert Rogers admits he tried to conceal his role in cubs' death" "Forest Service fires Ely black-bear researcher" Those willing to hear both sides of the story might consider reading these articles. I personally found the content to be extremely disturbing, and if true, are highly inconsistent with the behavior of someone that puts the well being of wildlife ahead of personal gain.

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