MN bear researcher gets no reprieve from governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota bear researcher remains under orders to remove radio collars from bears he’s studying by the end of the month, but will be allowed to appeal.

Bear researcher Lynn Rogers sounded optimistic after a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr on Monday.

But Landwehr said afterward he does not plan to lift his decision to rescind Rogers’ permit to keep tracking collars on bears in the Ely area. He says there’s usually no appeal from that kind of decision, but he has decided to let Rogers present his case to an administrative law judge.

The DNR says Rogers’ hand-feeding of bears makes them too accustomed to humans. The agency also says Rogers has failed to publish his research.

Rogers denies both claims.

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