The research permit will not be renewed for famed Minnesota bear scientist Lynn Rogers, the Department of Natural Resources announcing Friday.
The agency says Rogers' methods create a public safety risk. Rogers has gained notoriety for his practice of walking with black bears near Ely and hand-feeding them. Rogers, 74, says his methods wins bears' trust, and allows him to closely observe their behavior.
But the DNR says Rogers has habituated more than 50 bears in the area to human contact, which could endanger people. Rogers says the decision puts an end to the best research he's done in his 46-year career.
"Because we not only can walk with a few of these bears, we have modern technology, GPS, den cams, that explore the half of black bear life that's the least studied," Rogers said.
Rogers has until the end of July to remove research collars from 12 bears. He will be allowed to continue operating the North American Bear Center in Ely.