Minnesota Bear Researcher's Methods Enter Courtroom
Posted by Joseph Friedrichs on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Joseph Friedrichs / February 26, 2014 Comment
The courtroom action is part of a settlement in the lawsuit Rogers filed last year after the Department of Natural Resources declined to renew his research permit. Under the same settlement agreement that referred the matter to the administrative law judge, Rogers was allowed to leave his devices on bears that had been collared and agreed to stop Internet broadcasts from the dens of bears. Rogers, who heads the North American Bear Center in Ely, has become a celebrity of sorts for research methods that include hand feeding of bears. And with fame come the critics. Opponents, including the DNR, maintain the feeding has caused the bears to see humans as a source of food. In turn, this puts the public at risk, the agency claims. The DNR also argues that Rogers has failed to publish enough scientific research to justify his permit. The Pioneer Press reports Rogers’ attorney stating the DNR is bent on tearing down his client in retribution over past disagreements. He also argues Rogers does not need the DNR’s permission to put radio collars on bears.