I’ve gone through my copy of the September/ October issue and it is, by far, the best annual wildlife issue ever. The article written by Michela Rosano and the wonderful pictures by Michelle Valberg of the ice grizzlies of northern Yukon was simply amazing to read and contemplate. The story by Niki Wilson about the historic return of the plains bison (“Back where they belong”) was also great. In fact, I could say the same for all of the articles in this issue. Keep up the good work! Maureen Bedard Saint-gabriel-de-valcartier, Que.
September/october was another enjoyable issue of the magazine. The wildlife theme remains a winner for me. I also applaud your focus on Canada’s North. There is a wonderful future there for Canada!
Dick Hubbard Mississauga, Ont.
On September 6, explorer Adam Shoalts completed his four-month, Royal Canadian Geographical Society sponsored Trans-canadian Arctic Expedition. Canadian Geographic sat down with Shoalts in his first interview since he returned (cangeo.ca/best17/shoalts). Here is a selection of reader feedback on that interview. All I can say is wow! I look forward to reading more of Adam’s stories from his journey. And I agree with him in hoping that Canada’s next 150 years are met with an increased awareness and dedication to protection, conservation and true environmental stewardship.
Rhonda Mcmahon Guelph, Ont.
Awesome and inspiring accomplishment, Adam. Bravo for demonstrating the importance of protecting the North. I look forward to reading your new book when it comes out. Jason White Toronto
I was pleased to read the article, “Search for the Blue Goose” in the September/october issue. Reading any reminders of the work accomplished by J. Dewey Soper is important. However, I was disappointed that no mention was made of my biography of Dewey Soper entitled Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper published by Dundurn Press in 2010. Anthony Dalton, Fellow of the RCGS Mayne Island, B.C.
This is indeed an amazing map [ above], but is it time to consider renaming this sanctuary? The article talks about honouring Indigenous issues and reconciliation. Soper was given a map by the local people who guided him to the area after three years searching for it on his own and getting nowhere. Why is the sanctuary still named after him?
Pamela Holmes Whitehorse
A lament for Bear 148
In April 2015, Canadian Geographic published a story by Leslie Anthony about Bear 148 above], a tagged young female grizzly who roamed Banff National Park in close proximity to people. On September 24, Bear 148 was killed by a hunter near Mcbride, B.C. Anthony subsequently wrote an online story about her death (cangeo.ca/article/lament-bear-148). Here is a selection of reader feedback on it.
Great article, Leslie. You articulated the problem well. Hopefully soon we will find a way to coexist with the other animals who share this magnificent planet.
Debra March Stratford, Ont.
Of course there are efforts that can prevent this from happening, however there is no political will to make those efforts stick. How in the world is a hunter given permission to kill a collared research bear? Aren’t there any legal repercussions for destroying a bear that has taken the wildlife officers time and money to plan, trap and relocate, and whose tracking stats help them determine how wildlife moves?
Emma Hanson Edmonton Correction: The image of a pair of bald eagles on page 63 of the September/october issue (“The bald eagles of Besnard Lake”) shows the birds sitting in an eastern white pine, the nearest of which occurs in southeast Manitoba. All other images are of Besnard Lake, Sask., proper.