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Throwback Thursday: Arctic's first 'pizzlies' puzzle scientists

Posted by Harry Wilson in Wildlife on Thursday, April 28, 2016

What do you get when you cross a polar bear with a grizzly? (Photo: Canadian Geographic Archives)

You’ve heard of a liger, right? No? How about a zony? Doesn’t ring a bell either? Let me throw one more of these conflations at you, then, as did the November/December 2006 issue of Canadian Geographic when it ran a story on… pizzlies.

The pizzly, if you haven’t guessed by now, was the nickname given to a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly bear that an American hunter shot and killed on Banks Island in the Canadian Arctic in April 2006 — the first of its kind ever discovered in the wild, ...

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How to stay safe during a bear encounter

Posted by Thomas Hall in Wildlife on Thursday, April 28, 2016

What do you do if you encounter a bear? (Photo: Larry Erlendson)

I have lost more hours of sleep on camping trips worrying about bears than anything else. I’m inevitably kept awake by hypothetical bear mauling scenes that would make The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu feel queasy.

It’s silly. I know. The chances of a bear attack are virtually nil. In almost 30 years of camping I’ve only seen two bears and both were far away. Still, for years I’ve been reading and re-reading bear attack stories and bear safety guides hoping that I’ll glean something ...

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Mapping bear ranges around the world

Posted by Rachael Kelly in Wildlife on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Screenshot of the Bears of the World: Range Maps for the 8 bear species. (Map data: Esri, HERE, DeLorme, USGS, NGA)

Canada boasts three of the world’s eight bear species. This brightly-coloured map helps show the areas they all call home.

“We wanted to provide an interactive map that educators, kids and the public can use to explore where our eight bear species live and learn more about these amazing animals,” said Melissa Reynolds-Hogland, executive director of Bear Trust International. She works with businesses, governments and NGOs to pool resources for bear conservation worldwide. “We hope that the map ...

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Six iconic views from 'The 6'

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Photography on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Drake, is that you? (Photo: Dan Sedran/Can Geo Photo Club)

On April 28, hip-hop superstar Drake will release his highly anticipated fourth studio album, Views from the 6. The album is a love letter to the rapper's hometown of Toronto, and its cover art, which Drake recently revealed on Twitter, launched a flurry of memes and speculation over whether it was Photoshopped (the CN Tower has since confirmed it was).

To the city I love and the people in it...Thank you for everything #VIEWS
— Drizzy (@Drake) April 25, 2016

Views ...

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Underwater statues help protect Brockville-area shipwrecks from diver damage

Posted by Nicole Rutherford in Nature on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Centeen Memorial Dive Park in Brockville is attempting to preserve the area's shipwrecks by giving novice divers statues to hold onto while exploring. (Photo courtesy: Bottom Time Diving)

Brockville, Ont. has become the first community in Canada to host an underwater diving park.

Known as the Centeen Memorial Dive Park and located in the St. Lawrence River, it is populated with concrete statues of people, sturgeons and even park benches aimed at preventing novice divers from accidentally damaging the area’s shipwrecks—some which date back to the War of 1812.

“We’ve been struggling for a few years to minimize the damage that is happening to the wooden shipwrecks in the Thousand ...

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