How we chose this issue’s cover
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 cangeo.ca/newsletter and sign up for the Canadian Geographic newsletter to get in on the action.