Reader's View: Letter on bear research neglected important facts
When reading about Lynn Rogers and the Minnesota DNR we have to carefully parse the words and the reasons for them.
With regard to what was in the letter, while one certainly can disagree or agree with Dr. Jane Goodall’s assertions, one certainly had to disagree with the statement: “Science and education — the sign of progress and the fundamental right that every human being has — has been severely damaged.”
The sign of scientific progress is simply not evident. The institute was granted a research permit in the Mud Creek Basin from 1999 until 2014. During those 15 years only two peer-reviewed papers resulted, and both only loosely based on the collared bears being studied. One was chief-authored by an individual not named on the permit. The other was denied publication by the journal Ursus before being accepted in an open-source journal with less stringent standards of peer review.
So where’s this huge groundbreaking scientific record and progress that the DNR is halting?
Most certainly no rights have been abrogated by the decision not to renew the institute’s permit. Such permits are a privilege granted to those deemed worthy to have access to the resources of the people of the state of Minnesota.
Further, there’s no evidence for the letter’s claim of malfeasance by the DNR.
The DNR, the Minnesota governor and the Honorable Judge Tammy Pust were correct in their assessments. Now is the time to shut this down.