Without visible radio collars, the Ely area black bears made famous by researcher Lynn Rogers will be shot and killed by hunters this fall, Rogers said today.
"The changes are a management response to the most recent wolf population estimate," said Dan Stark, the DNR's large carnivore specialist. "As with other game species DNR manages, adjustments are made to regulate hunting pressure and harvest to ensure long term population sustainability and provide hunting and trapping opportunities."
A court hearing is set for Monday in Ramsey County on Rogers request to continue his research after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources refused to renew his permit. The DNR maintains that because Rogers hand feeds bears in the area, they have become a threat to public safety.
This fall hunters must purchase a $3 Walk In Access validation on their small game or deer license to legally access land enrolled in the program. The DNR added the validation so it can learn how many hunters use Walk In Access lands as well as where and how those lands are used.
"Without radio collars, June, Lily, Faith, Juliet, and the others could be shot unknowingly by hunters who would spare radio collared bears, Rogers said in a news release Friday.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in North Lida Lake in Otter Tail County near Pelican Rapids.
A chain of lakes near Pelican Rapids has been declared infested after crews from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources discovered two generations of zebra mussels, the agency announced.
Ely, MN A dramatic story involving an Internet famous clan of Minnesota black bears and the research surrounding them moves into the courtroom Monday, July 29th in an epic battle between state officials and researchers.
Meanwhile, the DNR is investigating a report of zebes in lake Latoka in Douglas County.
Apply by Aug. 16 for fall special youth deer hunts
Walk In Access adds 6,000 acres, $3 validation fee for hunting this fall
At stake is the long term study of black bears by Wildlife Research Institute biologist Dr. Lynn Rogers. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last month refused to renew Rogers' permit to radio collar bears and install webcams in dens.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) crews are in the field marking boundaries on new Walk In Access land with bright yellow green signs. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, hunters will have access to 194 Walk In Access sites.
Rogers news release, issued Friday from the Wildlife Research Institute Rogers founded, also announced a legal fund that started on the nonprofit website earlier in the week.
North and South Lida lakes and Venstrom Lake to be designated as infested waters as well as Lake Latoka in Douglas County
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Starting Thursday, Aug. 1, hunters and trappers can apply for 2,000 early season and 1,300 late season licenses. That's a reduction from 3,600 early season and 2,400 late season licenses in 2012. The deadline to apply for the hunting and trapping license lottery is Thursday, Sept. 5.
Hunters heading to western and south central Minnesota will have access to an additional 6,083 acres of hunting land this fall as the Walk In Access program grows to more than 20,000 acres and the number of counties increases from 19 to 28.
DNR is acting like they have to get the radios off the bears to protect public safety, he wrote Canada Goose Children New Zealand to the Pioneer Press and another reporter. believe they really want the radios off so the study bears will be killed in hunting season before any hearing could take place.
Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 16, to apply for 18 mentored deer hunts this fall, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Youth ages 12 15 may apply for one of 15 special firearms youth deer hunts at selected state parks and refuges. Youth ages 12 17 may apply for three special archery youth deer hunts. Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth's season bag limit.
In a separate communication, Rogers accused the DNR of wanting the bears killed.
DNR confirms zebra mussels in North Lida Lake in Otter Tail County; investigating report of zebra mussels in Lake Latoka in Douglas County
A limited number of either sex permits are available for each hunt. New hunts are available at Twin Lakes Scientific and Natural Area, Blue Mounds State Park, Camden State Park and Lake Shetek State Park.
Minnesota has about 19,000 wild bears.