Bear researcher's lawyers say no permit needed

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Mar 4, 2014 at 7:14 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for a northern Minnesota bear researcher argue he doesn't need a permit to affix radio collars to wild black bears or put cameras in their dens.

Last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources refused to renew researcher Lynn Rogers' longstanding permit to collar bears and install den cams. Rogers challenged the decision, resulting in an administrative hearing.

On Monday, Rogers' attorney told the judge that if Rogers doesn't need a permit, the DNR has no case.

Rogers' methods have included feeding bears from his hand and mouth. The DNR says such actions create a public safety hazard because bears see people as a source of food.

Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust said she would announce her decision Tuesday.

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