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March/april 2018, Canadian Geographic goes to the Yukon to explore wolf denning sites
“Wolves are a litmus test for competing world views on nature and life.” So longtime wolf researchers John and Mary Theberge told writer Alanna Mitchell for her story exploring our love-hate relationship with the species in the January/february 2015 issue of Canadian Geographic. Our readers, however, seem to fall largely on the appreciative side of that ledger. Wolves are one of the magazine’s most popular topics and cover subjects. So when the opportunity arose for us to once again work with renowned wildlife photographer Peter Mather, a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, to share his recent work capturing wolf dens in his home territory of the Yukon, we jumped at the chance. What’s better than wolves? Wolves with pups. Mather located, visited and photographed numerous wolf dens last summer. Wolves create them, or use abandoned dens of other animals, to raise their pups in the summer. Dens can be used by generations of wolves, with some having been dated at more than 700 years old. A selection of Mather’s results will be featured as a photo essay in the March/april issue. There’s more great photography in the issue, too, including the award-winning images from our latest annual Canadian Geographic photo competition and amazing shots from Edmonton-based photojournalist Amber Bracken, who spent the past three years documenting the move of artifacts and exhibits from the old location of the city’s Royal Alberta Museum to its new home. The issue also features the story of Canadian archeologist Dougald O’reilly, a senior lecturer at the Australian National University and one of the world’s foremost experts on the mythical Plain of Jars archeological landscape in Laos. And there’s much more, too. Don’t miss it.
Wolf pups play near their den close to Yukon’s Kluane National Park ( top). Natural history specimens await transfer to the Royal Alberta Museum’s new location in Edmonton ( above).