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ELY, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has cut back on the permit a researcher needs to study bears in northeastern Minnesota.

The DNR has reduced the number of bears Lynn Rogers can collar and track from 15 to 12. And the permit is valid only through June rather than December.

The DNR says it's concerned about the lack of scientific publications resulting from Rogers' research.He leads the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute near Ely.

"We continue to be concerned about the lack of scientific publications resulting from your research," DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said in the letter to Rogers that accompanied his permit.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the DNR claims Rogers, who leads the nonprofit Wildlife Research Institute near Ely, has not written recent peer-reviewed papers that demonstrate "hypothesis testing, statistical tests or other protocols."

The agency also says bears collared and fed by the Institute are causing nuisance problems for residents and cabin owners in the area of Ely and Tower.

Rogers tells theNews Tribunehe has published papers recently and that the reduction in collared bears from 15 to 12 is "devastating."

Rogers says his institute currently has 13 bears collared.

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