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Judge denies bear researcher request to toss case

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Mar 5, 2014 at 7:24 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An administrative law judge has declined to dismiss the case against a northern Minnesota bear researcher denied a permit for his studies.

An attorney for Lynn Rogers had argued that Rogers doesn't need a permit to affix radio collars to wild black bears or put cameras in their dens.

Rogers' attorney argued that since he doesn't possess or control the bears he studies, and since it is not illegal to feed bears in Minnesota, Rogers should not be required to obtain a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

But Chief Administrative Law Judge Tammy Pust disagreed. Pust denied Rogers' request for a verdict against the department, ruling that evidence suggests Rogers does exert some control over the bears.

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