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Bear researcher ready to appeal permit denial

  • Article by: STEVE KARNOWSKI
  • Associated Press
  • May 27, 2014 - 3:40 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — A researcher says he'll go to the Minnesota Court of Appeals if the Department of Natural Resources won't restore his permit to put radio collars on bears.

An administrative law judge ruled Tuesday that the DNR has the legal authority to deny Lynn Rogers's permit on public safety grounds. She says he remains free to study and feed bears. But she says he can't collar them or visit their dens without a permit.

Her recommendations now go back to the DNR, which has designated agency official Kent Lokkesmoe, who was not involved in the case, to make a final decision.

DNR officials testified at a hearing earlier this year that Rogers' practice of hand-feeding bears created a public safety risk, and they questioned the value of his research.

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