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“It’s a moneymaker for him,” she said, but dangerous for bears and people.
Rogers said that he teaches courses about the bears at the research institute, often to teachers and other wildlife researchers. The money goes to support his nonprofits.
He said that Soderberg is “afraid of bears, and “now that she has backing of [the DNR] she can say these outlandish things.”
Rogers is not certain what will happen next. He said he’s going to consider his options. State officials say that those options include asking a district court for a temporary restraining order that would allow him to keep his collars on the bears and cameras in their dens. But like all permit disputes, any disagreement would be heard and decided by an administrative law judge.
The 74-year-old Rogers said that the conflict could not come at a worse time.
“I don’t want to get sidetracked,” he said. “You never know how many years you have left. I have to write books. I have to complete the research. Now things are coming together. Data is flowing in like never before.”
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