Bear researcher gets no reprieve following meeting with Gov. Dayton

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Famed bear researcher Lynn Rogers, threatened with losing his ability to continue his research, did not get the repreive he was seeking from the governor, but he did get the right to appeal a decision that could bring a halt to his work in northern Minnesota.

Rogers, 72, has studied bears for 46 years. Radio-transmitter tracking collars makes the work possible. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources informed Rogers that his permits for the collars would be revoked as of July 31. The DNR has said that Rogers allowed bears to become habituated to humans, presenting a safety concern around Ely where his research is centered.

Rogers sought a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton about the DNR decision. The Duluth News Tribune reported that Rogers sounded optimistic after a meeting Monday with the governor and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

But the Associated Press reports that Landwehr said that he does not plan to rescind his decision to revoke the permits and the July 31 deadline stands. Landwehr said that there's usually no appeal for a decision like that, but he has decided to let Rogers present his case to an administrative law judge.

Rogers has had DNR permits since 1999.

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