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Continued: Price tag is growing on DNR's legal conflict with bear researcher

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 9, 2014 - 12:06 AM

DNR wildlife researchers, meanwhile — not that they necessarily would have it any other way — often spend entire careers in relative obscurity.

Pust will issue a “findings of fact, conclusions of law and a recommended order” by the end of April. But the final decision in the matter will rest with the DNR, though neither Landwehr nor other agency managers with ties to the case can participate in that outcome.

Should he lose, Rogers can appeal. The DNR can’t.

All of which is complicated. And perhaps unnecessary.

Beyond argument is that Rogers is a bit of a nutty professor. But it’s difficult to believe he would willingly roll the legal dice with the DNR at a likely cost to him and his supporters of perhaps $250,000, if presented with a reasonable alternative at compromise.

Similarly, through January the DNR has run up a $112,000 legal bill in the Rogers case, a sum that is being paid from the Game and Fish Fund, which is supported by hunting, fishing, trapping and related license sales.

Perhaps principles at stake here are that important to the DNR.

But maybe not.

What is true, apparently, is that no one in the DNR has officially visited either the North American Bear Center or the Wildlife Research Institute to see what transpires at those sites, and maybe from those observations, propose a compromise.

Perhaps Rogers would have bit. Perhaps not.

Either way, it’s too late now.

 

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

 

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