Department of Natural Resources cuts permit for Ely bear researcher

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2013 - 1:40 AM
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Lynn Rogers, founder and Executive Director of the North American Bear Center in Ely, changed the batteries in the collar around the neck of Brave Heart, one of the black bear in his study.

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ELY, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has cut back on the number of bears a researcher may study and reduced the time he can do it.

The DNR lowered the number of bears Lynn Rogers can collar and track from 15 to 12. And the permit is valid only through June, rather than December.

The DNR says Rogers hasn't produced enough scientific work.

Rogers leads the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute near Ely. He may be best-known for placing cameras in bear dens for Internet feeds that have attracted fans around the world.

Rogers says the reduction in the number of bears he can study is "devastating." He tells the Duluth News Tribune ( http://bit.ly/V6KOfJ) his institute currently has 13 bears collared.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

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