Bear research halted by DNR
Decision effectively ends 46 years of work by Dr. Lynn Rogers
Marshall Helmberger
REGIONAL - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will not be renewing the research permit for renowned bear biologist Lynn Rogers, a decision that effectively ends 46 years of scientific … More »
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Marshall, this would be a good topic for investigative journalism to find out if Tom Rush truly falsified reports and if that represents criminal activity.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Report this

I see in today's Duluth News Tribune that Sand Island in the Apostles has been closed to overnight camping due to a bear visiting campsites. I assume this must somehow be Lynn Rogers' fault as well.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | Report this

I don't want to get into the pro's and con's on this subject. Just want to mention it was suppose to be a research project to benefit the long term benefit of knowledge we know about bears.

Like you,I and Rogers we will not be around forever,and if he does not write research papers and document his work and findings,like he has not been doing as I understand,much of this work was wasted. The permit was issued as a research permit. Biologists and others should be able to read these documents in the future. Also were natural habits of these bears changed? If so was the research tainted? Was Rogers willing to start writing these documents or was he just willing to do his own thing,regardless of the original intent of the permit and study?

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | Report this

Lynn Rogers is an independent scientist who has been studying bears for decades and has educated the public on bears and their northern habitat, including calling for the preservation of the last remaining white pines of Minnesota's Arrowhead Region.

The moose doesn't have such a staunch and visible supporter & protector as Dr. Lynn Rogers. We may lose the moose, partially because they do not have such a strong advocate defending their survival in Minnesota.

Dr. Rogers has been a scientific and scholarly voice who has been free from the influence and control of politically motivated and controlled regulatory agencies. Regulatory agencies which have allowed the hunting of a declining moose population, as well as the permitting & promoting of hugely destructive mining projects in their northern habitat.

Look at what has happened to the wolf in Minnesota. A politically pressured and influenced MDNR moved forward with a hugely unpopular hunting and trapping season on wolves, which were just delisted from the Endangered Species Act.

The MDNR should reinstate Dr. Lynn Rogers' permit to conduct research on black bears.

Friday, July 5, 2013 | Report this

Lori, If you love the moose,shoot the wolves!!!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013 | Report this
hard rock miner

All of the creatures can co-exist if the DNR got out of hunting businesses and into education and conservation. If wild life need to eat things people like to kill, I say the wild things come first. Hunting for food can be an honorable activity. Unfortunately for many of our furred and feathered creatures, some are considered pests and/or vermin. Killing wolves, coyote, bears, doves, ravens etc. is not hunting in my ever so humble opinion. We have encroached on their habitat and they should be left alone. There are many outdoor activities that do not involve killing for "sport".

Saturday, July 6, 2013 | Report this

I have just signed a petition from Change.org in support of Lynn Rogers. Upon reading the comments posted by petition signers, I am totally amazed at the influence and scope of Lynn Roger's work. His website is viewed world wide, and many teachers in the U.S., as well as other countries, are using his website to inform students about bears. There are pages of comments claiming how invaluable this information has been, and how it is teaching students to appreciate all wildlife, and to understand individual animal behavior as well as the interdependence of wildlife and the surrounding environment. In an age of climate fluctuation and increasing threats to the environment, we need more independent research and we need to find more ways to reach young people and develop their interest in the interconnectedness of all. In the meantime, the DNR has cut their campground educational programs and focused on encouraging young people to hunt and kill for sport. Governor Dayton needs to rein in the DNR, which he heads through his appointment of the commissioner. Landwehr's DNR has generated controversy over the wolf, the moose, and now the bear.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | Report this

Landwehr's DNR has generated controversy over the wolf, the moose, and now the bear .

Sorry I disagree with the above statement. I think the DNR has done a exceptional job on all three species. They are looking out for all three species in a very rational way.

Nobody is argueing Rogers has not done a lot of good in the past,but for 40 some years he has known the protocol when getting a permit. The permit was issued for research and for documentation of the research. That is not hard to follow. Just like everybody there is rules to follow. At present is he doing more harm than good by feeding and taming the bears? Correct me but that does not sound like doing research on wild bears.

At present maybe he thinks he is too big to follow procedures and just decided to do his own thing?

I wish he would start writing his over-due reports and than give him limited permits after he catches up on the bibliographies.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | Report this