Septem­ber/oc­to­ber 2017, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic’s an­nual wildlife is­sue

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - Sub­scribe or re­new to­day at cana­di­an­geo­­scribe or by call­ing 1-800-267-0824. The Septem­ber/oc­to­ber 2017 is­sue hits news­stands Septem­ber 4.

Cana­di­ans love their wildlife. And if there was one theme we were cer­tain would be among our six spe­cial edi­tions cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary this year, that was it. Wildlife is a peren­nial theme any­way, and why change? Canada’s flora and fauna of­fer much to cel­e­brate, in­ter­est­ing is­sues to ex­plore and amaz­ing im­ages. The Septem­ber/oc­to­ber is­sue de­liv­ers on all those fronts. Start with the cover fea­ture photo es­say by Michelle Valberg, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic Pho­tog­ra­pher-in-res­i­dence, on the Yukon’s so-called ice griz­zlies. From about mid-septem­ber to the end of Oc­to­ber each year, hun­gry bears look­ing to fat­ten up for hi­ber­na­tion head for the Fish­ing Branch River. There they feast on a late-sea­son run of chum salmon, which are at­tracted to the river by highly oxy­genated wa­ters that don’t freeze. What does freeze, how­ever, is the bears’ wet hair, en­crust­ing the an­i­mals in hun­dreds of tiny ici­cles and making them a sight to be­hold. A sim­i­larly great sight? That of the re­turn of bi­son to Al­berta’s Banff Na­tional Park. Niki Wil­son’s fea­ture ex­plores how the rein­tro­duc­tion came to pass, what it means for the park to­day and how the species will al­ter the park’s fu­ture. Mean­while, Les­lie An­thony in­ves­ti­gates Cana­dian con­nec­tions to the world’s il­le­gal wildlife trade — which more of­ten than not in­volves en­dan­gered species and is es­ti­mated to be worth bil­lions of dol­lars per year — and pro­files the work of Shel­don Jor­dan, the direc­tor gen­eral of wildlife en­force­ment for En­vi­ron­ment Canada and chair of IN­TER­POL’S wildlife crime work­ing group. Of course, there’s much, much more, too.

An ice-cov­ered griz­zly pauses be­tween dips in Yukon’s Fish­ing Branch River ( top). A bi­son kicks up a spray of snow af­ter be­ing re­leased into Banff Na­tional Park ( above).

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