Minnesota Radio-Collared Black Bears Still Fair Game
Bear researcher Lynn Rogers is perhaps best known for his recent on-line videos of Lily the research bear and her cub Hope. The North American Bear Center of Ely Minnesota has documented the life of Lily and has raised hundreds of thousands dollars for the bear center. Recently Mr. Rogers asked the Minnesota DNR to ban the hunting of bears that have radio-collars and are marked with bright ribbons. However it appears the DNR has rejected the request. The Duluth News Tribune has a complete write up on the ruling.
Rogers has had seven bears killed by hunters, five in the past six seasons. Last fall, Rogers had 14 bears radio-collared. In making his decision, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said, “While Mr. Rogers’ research is popular and interesting, it is not essential to managing bear populations in Minnesota.”