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McCandless, Robert G.

Edmonton, University of Alberta Press, c1985. 200pp, paper, $14.95, ISBN 0-88864-093-5. CIP

Grades 12 and up
Reviewed by Elaine Balpataky

Volume 14 Number 2
1986 March

Yukon Wildlife, as its subtitle indicates, is not natural history, but social history. It is a study of wildlife management between 1900 and 1950 in the Yukon.

Chapter 1 describes the origins and history of wildlife laws in England and America. Subsequent chapters concern the Yukon: its administrators, their decisions, and the effects of those decisions on both animals and people. The book describes the conflicting views and interests that affect wildlife management policies; those of big game hunters, trappers, market hunters, and conservationists. It also explains the impact of historical events such as the Klondike gold rush, the two world wars, and the building of the Alaska Highway. The author, an employee of the Environmental Protection Service, Yukon branch, Environment Canada, cites the Yukon Archives as well as verbal accounts from Yukon old-timers as his sources. The book reveals his sympathy for the Yukon Indians, who have become victims of market forces and decisions over which they have had no control. Recommended for libraries and schools with a need for this subject matter.

Elaine Balpataky, Ingersoll District C.I., Ingersoll, Ont.
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