How we chose this is­sue’s cover

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TThere are still species in Canada — large mam­mals among them — that re­main a mys­tery to the pub­lic and bi­ol­o­gists alike. The sil­very blue-grey glacier bear, which roams the wilder­ness be­tween ex­treme north­west­ern Bri­tish Co­lum­bia, south­west­ern Yukon and south­east­ern Alaska, is a case in point. Rarer than the white Ker­mode bear of the cen­tral Bri­tish Co­lum­bia coast, wilder­ness guides that work in glacier bear habi­tat can go their whole lives with­out en­coun­ter­ing one. Pho­tog­ra­pher Lance Nes­bitt’s im­age of one of these bears peer­ing out from be­hind an ev­er­green on the Alaska Pan­han­dle ( ABOVE, CEN­TRE) won the reader cover vote for this is­sue hand­ily, tak­ing 55 per cent of the tally. Vot­ers were drawn to the per­son­al­ity evoked by the bear’s pose and the way it seems to il­lus­trate its elu­sive na­ture. Hope­fully, it will also in­spire news­stand buy­ers across Canada to learn more about this an­i­mal’s habits, habi­tats and rare ge­netic makeup. Not al­ready re­ceiv­ing our cover vote email? Visit can­­let­ter and sign up for the Cana­dian Geo­graphic news­let­ter to get in on the ac­tion.

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