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Associated Press, Published July 22 2013

Bear researcher asks for time to continue work

ST. PAUL — A black bear researcher will ask Gov. Mark Dayton for time to continue his work beyond the end of the month.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is not renewing Lynn Rogers' research permit which allows him to track a dozen black bears with GPS collars and place cameras in the bears' dens. The DNR has given Rogers until July 31 to remove the tracking collars.

The agency says Rogers' practice of feeding the bears has created a public safety risk. The DNR also says Rogers hasn't published enough research since he was initially given the permit in 1999.

Rogers will meet with Dayton Monday and try to convince him to allow the collars to stay on the bears until an investigation into the DNR's claims is complete.