Jim Fowler - UPDATE May 12, 2019

I was sorry to hear that Jim Fowler died at 89. He did a lot to stir interest in nature, working with Marlin Perkins and through his appearances with animals on late night TV.Jim FowlerJim Fowler I remember the good time with him when he came to film bears in a den with me, but I can’t remember what program it was for and when it was.

His name also reminds me of the good time filming the “Sleeping Bears of Kawishiwi” for Wild Kingdom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHK51fCX2kk ) back in March 1980 with Marlin Perkins when he was almost 75 and I was almost 41. I remember him climbing through the snow saying, “I can make it. It just takes me longer than some people.”

It felt good five years later when I got a call from his crew on March 28, 1985 asking me to call Marlin in a couple minutes. They said it was his 80th birthday (which I can relate to) and the program he did with the bears was one of his favorite shows. I do remember how absorbed he was holding the cubs while I recorded data from the mom at her den on March 21, 1980. The cubs were her first litter—a 4 ½ pound male and a 3 ½ pound female. She was 6-years-old. I remember my birthday call to him getting cut short because President Ronald Reagan was calling in. I was in good company.

At the time, Marlin was retiring from Wild Kingdom due to health reasons (Lymphoma). He died a year later. Jim Fowler replaced him for a year until Wild Kingdom ended after 25 years. I also remember the producer Don Meier who was still good to help me a few years ago when I wanted a copy of the show. He was about 100 years old at the time. Good memories.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center