An episode of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” directed and filmed by David Wright of Appleton will be aired Sunday, April 4 on cable’s Animal Planet channel.

After getting up-close and personal while walking with and filming black bears in the wilds of Ely, Minn., for more than a year, the local Emmy Award-winning producer, cameraman and director has new insight on bear behavior and bear/human relationships. “Bearwalker of the Northwoods” is the season premiere of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Wright directed and filmed biologists Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield’s intimate and unusual relationship with their study bears while his wife, MiMi McGee, assisted and recorded natural sound.

Wright and McGee are residents of Appleton and list Maine as home port when not filming wildlife all over the globe for venues such as DISCOVERY, Animal Planet, National Geographic and the BBC. Other recent programming include cinematography for the award winning new DISCOVERY series “LIFE,” narrated by Oprah Winfrey and currently running; and incredible high-speed action on “Invisible Worlds,” soon to be released in the United States.

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