Lynn Rogers

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Lynn Rogers
Born April 1939
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Website Wildlife Research Institute
Scientific career
Fields Mammalogy

Lynn Leroy Rogers (born 1939) is an American biologist who studies wild black bears. He is the founder of the North American Bear Center.[1]

Rogers has become famous for his working methods: he forms habituated relationships with wild black bears, spending 24-hour periods walking and resting with them, initially alerting them to his presence with a call of 'It's me bear'. He has been the subject of several documentaries.[2]

For 15 years, Rogers' research has centered on the 200 or so bears that live between Ely and Tower, Minnesota at Eagle's Nest Township. He has placed video cameras in bears' dens and tracked bears with radio collars.[3]

Rogers' studies raise safety concerns in the area where he conducts his research. He has been accused of creating dangerous situations by habituating the bears to human contact. In 2013, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources decided not to renew his research permit. Rogers sued the DNR, but was unsuccessful, with the judge ruling that Rogers' methods contributed to a likely public safety risk.[4][5]


  1. ^ Than, Ker (August 20, 2013). ""Bear Man" Lynn Rogers on Recent Attacks: Don't Fear Bears". National Geographic. 
  2. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (26 October 2009). "BBC 'bear man' documentary explodes honey myth". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Tony (May 28, 2014). "Ely bear researcher says he'll be sidelined without DNR research permit". Star Tribune. 
  4. ^ Orrick, Dave (May 27, 2014). "Lynn Rogers' bears pose public safety risk, judge says". Pioneer Press. 
  5. ^ Kennedy, Tony (May 1, 2014). "Judge chides DNR over evidence in Ely bear researcher's case". Star Tribune. 

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