Minn. bear researcher pleased with compromise that allows him to continue collaring 10 bears

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota bear researcher says he’s pleased with a compromise that allows him to continue to radio-collar wild bears.

Lynn Rogers won a temporary reprieve Monday in his fight with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the agreement allows Rogers to keep radio collars on 10 bears. But his practice of hand-feeding bears around his research center near Ely (EE’-lee) will be restricted, and the deal bans Rogers from putting live den cams on the Internet.

Rogers tells The Associated Press, “It’s just unbelievable that we could take on the DNR and win.”

DNR spokesman Chris Niskanen says the agency didn’t want any agreement that allowed Rogers to continue his work or continue collaring bears. He says the DNR agreed to the compromise to allow the case to move to a state administrative law judge who can weigh the merits of the DNR’s arguments.

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