World-famous bear researcher Lynn Rogers pleaded his case directly to Gov. Mark Dayton this week, but was unable to overturn the DNR's decision to deny him a permit. State wildlife officials have long looked askance at Rogers' practice of hand-feeding bears in order to get close to them and collect data.
In turn, Rogers has sued the DNR and is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep him from having to remove the bears' radio collars.
By placing live webcams inside dens, Rogers has gained remarkable images and a fascinated audience. But what are the ethics of such research? Has Minnesota's bear whisperer done more good than harm?