Bear-hunting in the White Mountains: Or, Alaska and British Columbia Revisited ...

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Chapman and Hall, limited, 1891 - Alaska - 156 pages
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Page 3 - ... miles from its mouth onward. The absence of tributaries of any size along the south-west side of the Lewes below the Tahk-heena, with the general appearance of the country in that direction, so far it has been overlooked, seems to show that the basin of the upper portion of the White River must be comparatively low, and situated as it is within the St. Elias A.lps, this country must possess most remarkable features, both geographically and from a climatic point of view, and well deserves exploration....
Page 5 - A boom in mining would soon exterminate the game in the district along the river. "There are two species of caribou in the country; one, the ordinary kind, found in most parts of the northwest, and said to much resemble the reindeer; the other, called the wood caribou, a much larger and more beautiful animal.
Page 3 - ... moose is more or less abundant throughout the entire inland region, and together with the caribou, which is similarly ubiquitous, constitutes a great part of the food of the Indians.' We found the moose particularly plentiful along the Upper Liard River, and it is stated that the country drained by the White River is noted among the Indians as a moose and beaver region. The caribou is everywhere common, but is scarcely seen in the valleys or lower country during the summer, when it ranges over...
Page 5 - Here on the uplands vast herds of caribou still u-ander, and when the Indians encounter a herd they allow very few to escape, even though they do not require the meat. When they have plenty they are not at all provident, and consequently are often in want when game is scarce. They often kill animals, which they know are so poor as to be useless for food, just for the love of slaughter. "An Indian who was with me one day saw two caribou passing and wanted me to shoot...
Page 5 - The principal furs procured in the district are the silver-gray and black fox, the number of which bears a greater ratio to the number of red foxes than in any other part of the country. The red fox is very common, and a species called the blue is abundant near the coast.

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