ST. PAUL -Bear researcher Lynn Rogers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have reached a temporary compromise in their disagreement over radio-collaring bears in the Ely area.
A DNR spokesperson tells FOX 21 that a judge urged the two parties to strike up a deal while the administrative law process continues.
The deal will allow Rogers to keep radio collars on ten bears.
However, his den cameras will no longer be able to stream online or be available to the public.
The footage must be for internal research purposes only.
In addition, the deal also says Rogers and his team can only hand-feed the bears in order to change out their collars.
DNR officials say Roger's interactions with bears have created concerns for public safety.
If Rogers violates any of the conditions, the DNR has the right to pull his research permit completely.
DNR officials say this plan will continue until a judge makes a final decision on the agreement, which is expected to be six to nine months.