March/april 2018, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic goes to the Yukon to ex­plore wolf den­ning sites

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“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).

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