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proposed legislation for MN Black Bear

Dr. Lynn Rogers of the North American Bear Center and the Wildlife Research Institute - both located near Ely, MN is pushing for legislation that would make it illegal to shoot his research subjects, ie radio collared bears, during the MN bear hunting season.  This comes after one of his research bears was shot by a hunter last week.  It is not presently illegal to shoot a radio collared bear in Minnesota.  What do you think about this subject?  Are you for or against legislation regarding radio collared bears? 

also - there is a facebook group "Minnesota Bear Hunters" dedicated to this subject. 

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If its on public land and its

If its on public land and its an open season the hunter should have every right to harvest  it. if he wants to research bears he should be doing it in his inclosure.  In oregon its legal to shoot collared animals you just have to return the collar to the odfw.

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As far as I see it, he

As far as I see it, he doesn't have a right to enact this type of legislation. He doesn't own these bears.  Just because he puts a radio collar on a bear for research purposes, he thinks he has a right to "manage" these bears. Next, you'll see the PETA groups raising money so they can collar all the wolves and grizzlies for the same protection. As far as I see it, he gives up the right to recover the radio collars once they are attached the bears. If a hunter is kind enough to return the collar, then congrats to that hunter. The hunter can then tell him when and where the bear was harvested. They are Gods gift to us to view/enjoy and are "wards of the state" during their life on earth. End of story 

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Well, you would think that

Well, you would think that would be part of his research.  He should be studying aspects of bears, including when/how they are killed (Hunters, other bears, disease, etc.)

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Wildlife Research Institute & Dr. Rogers's Research on Bears

There is misconception in the media about the nature of the Wildlife Research Institute and their research. Dr. Rogers's research focuses on the multi-generational relationships of bears not their mortality, birth rate, morbidity, etc. In this research, there is a tremendous amount of data that is tracked including bear movements and other incidents. In addition, they may analyze the food sources that are utilized from year to year and to note differences in care from one set of offspring to another. This is not about how many animals were "harvested" but the emphasis is on their activities when they are alive and involves the 'multi-generational" investigation of bears through the years. As for the taking of these bears, there has been an unstainable amount of collared bears taken since 2003 which provides evidence this is not about hunting and what is ethical but something that has nothing to do with the sport. Just for the sake of data, 6 out of 20 bears have been killed in the research program in the last years and there are 11,000 bears in the state of Minnesota.

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The research might be

The research might be benefical BUT as stated he does NOT have the right to try to restrict what bears can be hunted, he nor the government  own the bears, the people of the state of minnesota do.

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I can see requiring hunters

I can see requiring hunters to return collars but it wouldn't be right to not allow the harvest of these bears. If these people are stating that there is a correlation between hunting success and whether or not a bear is collared than maybe they need to look into how they are sampling the bears. These bears are a public resource owned by the citizens of the respective state.

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Bears and Environmental Monitoring

It is unfortunate that these bears and other radio-collared bears have been objects used in the politics of the state. This seems that it has less to do with hunting but more so -- to try to get rid of radio-collared animals because they are attracted to environmental hazards. As I am sure all of you hunters are aware, animals are the first to reflect the "unhealth" of the environment. What has not been released -- is that this area is being surveyed for mining that has the "endorsement" of state politicians. Unfortunately, other states have put a moritorium on this kind of mining because of pollution. There are certain characteristics of this kind of pollution attracts domestic and wild animals --- which in the end has the potential to make them sick -! By the way, some of these pollutants are bioaccumulative and are absorbed in animal tissue. In areas of Canada where bears have bioaccumulation of toxins --you can not cook metal toxins out and many will not even feed the raw meat to their dogs... To understand more of the research https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1o6O2fxEVAe14RwEfIcO3yqyzoCfHPHwub-Z5bex464w&hl=en

My question is would you want to eat meat that is contaminated?

 

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I for one dont want contaiminated meat but also dont want these bears to be off limits because some researcher put a damn collar on it. the wild animals belong to the state not the researcher period and he has absoluty no right to try a pass a law stopping hunters from shooting these animals. the question brought up by the original post was should bears with collars be off limits to hunt. not why the bears are being researched, the plain and simple answer is hell yes the hunters have every right in the world to shoot those bears.

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The Ribboned Collared Bears Are Research Animals

The point is these animals are being used for research that traces changing behavioral patterns through generations not about mortality etc. The issue was brought up because of the killing of Dr. Rogers' bears and the media has slighted it against hunting. Dr. Rogers was a hunter at one time and has no problem with hunting just not these 13 animals in 11,000 that live in Minnesota. The point is here is that these animals are being shot not because of hunting but because a company wants to get rid of them -- because they are being oriented by their natural instincts toward potentially hazardous sites to humans and animals where the emission may carry for miles and they do not want anyone to bug them about the pollution they are putting into the landscapes and waterways and the air. Again as I said in my commentary -- this issue and why protection is needed for the ribboned-collared bears is not about restricting hunting ...

Research Commentary on Protection of Radio-Collared Bears in St. Louis County, MN -

Respect The Research and Protect Radio-collared Bears! https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1o6O2fxEVAe14RwEfIcO3yqyzoCfHPHwub-Z5bex464w&hl=en

 

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Quote"The issue was brought up because of the killing of Dr. Rogers' bears" thats where i see a problem, they are not Dr. Rogers bears, they belong to the people of Minnesota. Unless he has them on a private reserve or on his property and he bought them and raise them, they dont belong to him. If he is doing research that is great, but if these are wild bears on public land that he collarded then they are fair game. He will have to accept the fact that some of these bears will get killed due to hunting and if so desired than collar another. In oregon The ODFW collars animals for research but they understand those animal are subject to people hunting them all they ask is you return the collar. the reason I'm argueing this is because I'm originaly from MN and am familiar with things going on there still. I have also been to Dr. Rogers web site so I'm sure there are other factors in protecting these bears.

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