It’s a story that thousands of people around the world are following.
Since Lily the black bear gave birth to Hope in a remote wilderness den via live webcam in 2010, scientists and many of us are seeing intimate wildlife moments never seen before.
Now 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.
After a meeting with Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton failed to resolve the dispute, Rogers filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order against the DNR which would allow research to continue. Without such an order, radio collars must be removed from 10 study bears by July 31st. Removal of the collars has dire consequences. Read more
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