In Canada’s remote north, a marten means money and a moose means food for trappers

The Walrus

Public opinion on the fur trade may have changed, but in ’s north hunting and trapping remain deeply entwined with history, culture – and survival. Over one long winter, National Post photographer travelled to remote regions from Quebec to B.C. to explore this way of life, where a marten means money, a moose means food.

See more of Tyler Anderson’s trip to the north – accompanied by a brief history of the fur trade by Conrad Black – in the April issue of The Walrus, on stands Tuesday. Or visit their website thewalrus.ca

Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonIt's been raining for days and slick deep puddles render some of the logging roads accessible only by foot for trapper Paul Rusch. This is his first time trapping on the the temperate rainforest island of Haida Gwaii and extremely tough conditions suggest it may be his last.
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonAs caving season approaches on Coldstream Ranch cowboys have begun to spot opportunistic coyotes waiting in the wings. Pete Wise wastes no time steadying his rifle on the hood of his pickup truck to shoot at a pack of 'dogs' while his own best friend 'Nunk.'
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonBefore beginning a day of trapping and hunting, Pete Wise, picks up the roadkill around the town of Vernon, BC. The deer will be used as bait for Coyote and Wolf traps.
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonWhile checking a long trapline that weaves its way through the mountains along an Okanagan Valley trail, a moose crosses a well-packed snowmobile path.
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonWhen the temperature drops below -40, and the north winds start to blow in from the big bay, navigating your way around James Bay can be a challenging task. Only someone who has lived here their whole life, like Luke Diamond, is comfortable in these conditions.
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonWarm weather creates crystal clear ice exposing large cracks and puddles of water as the Dulac family makes their way by snowmobile across the Kluane Lake. The gold mining family of eight spends much of the winter off season trapping at their cabin near Burwash Landing, Yukon.
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonTrapper Ryan Sealy looks out over the Takhini River as fog and myst from a winter storm diffuse the sun near his trapline along the Alaska Highway outside Whitehorse, Yukon.
Tyler AndersonTyler AndersonA large lynx sits with its foot caught in a snare waiting to be dispatched. The snare which was accidentally entangled around its foot was intended to catch the cat around its neck and tighten as the animal struggles to escape until it suffocates.

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