Bear researcher to meet with Minn. Gov. Dayton next week over DNR plan to revoke study permit

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  • Updated: July 15, 2013 - 4:41 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Bear researcher Lynn Rogers is getting his wish to meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as he makes a last-ditch appeal to keep his permits to radio-collar wild bears and place video cameras in their dens.

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jphaunJul. 15, 13 4:53 PM

Bad precedent being set by the governor. Assuming that he's able to get credible data from these bears, all he needs to do is publish his research. Instead, he continues to seek out publicity for his personal petting zoo.

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rshacklefordJul. 15, 13 5:20 PM

Tell him to continue his research in Alaska. Lots of space, plenty of bears, no people (other than him) for the bears to become accustomed to. He can "skype" with his followers.

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verdepatoJul. 15, 13 5:24 PM

Jphaun You are correct it is a personal petting zoo The problem is our tax dollars pay for it

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lefowlermnJul. 15, 13 6:38 PM

Hunters: more education means less likely that people will shoot bears who are just wandering through their back yard. Less bears shot by those folks mean more bears for YOU to shoot. Just saying. I like this bear center, it has been a great source of education and revenue for the people of Ely. ( Do not think the tax dollars being spent, private enterprise.)It gives MN a great reputation among those interested in wild life (the BBC had done multiple shows about the place and the work.) Perhaps it is time for Rogers to hand over control to a successor set of directors. The information that the DNR has published does not seem to fit the facts published in independent newspaper accounts of bear problems. Suspect there is a personality problem between DNR leaders and Rogers.

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mulefarmJul. 15, 13 8:13 PM

Gee, I didn't get a permit I applied for, and I want to meet with the Governor. How many years has he been asked to publish his research? Very bad precedent for the Governor to set! He had numerous chances to follow policy and elected not to!

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lindaspyJul. 15, 13 9:20 PM

Sorry folks, no tax dollars spent for The Bear Center just good old support from folks like myself that appreciate the education offered by Dr. Rogers. He has supported Minnesota by allowing people all over the world to see bears in their dens and the wild. Over 500 schools have watched the cams provided by The Center. The people who observe these bears travel to our state and spend lots of money supporting our tax base. The employees that have jobs in Ely because of The Bear Center could become unemployed. As a Mn resident and a taxpayer I do not understand the position of the DNR at all. I am told that this is a personal issue between the higher ups in the DNR and Dr. Rogers. I hope that Gov. Dayton can help to save The Bear Center because the DNR seems to be out of control on this issue. Oh, by the way, we are talking about less than 15 bears out of over 20,0000 in our state! Sad that it has come to this!

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rube223Jul. 15, 1310:01 PM

Mr Rogers needs to follow the rules set forth by the agency with jurisdiction. Gov goofy needs to support those that are trusted to do the job. He must have great information to share, time away from the field will give him time to share it

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sjfellegyJul. 16, 1310:25 AM

The Governor will meet with a guy about bears and continues to shun the people who are on the brink of loosing everything at Lake Mille Lacs. Mn. sportsman need to take notice in November of '`14.

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elmore1Jul. 16, 1312:23 PM

The DNR certainly has better things to do rather than continue the witch hunt on Lynn.

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bbourgeJul. 16, 13 2:01 PM

What does Mille Lacs have to do with this story? Nothing. The DNR has done a terrible job: from fisheries to the wolf hunt it has been mismanaged. Too much political BS since Pawlenty made it a patronage position at DNR.

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