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Never Cry Wolf

Farley Mowat

Price: CDN$9.95

Book Description
The story 'Never Cry Wolf' by Farley Mowat is about of a young biologist. A biologist is someone who studies animals, usually in their own habitat. The time is the mid-1950's. The place is northern Canada. Farley Mowat is that young biologist. He has just finished university and has started his first job. He is being sent to the North by the Canadian government's wildlife service to study arctic wolves. The huge herds of caribou that once wandered the north have all but vanished. This destruction is being blamed on the wolves. Everyone knows, of course, that wolves are vicious, dangerous and useless animals that need to be destroyed to protect the helpless caribou. Farley's job is to prove that the wolves are the cause of the problem. Then the government will be justified in murdering the wolves.

Farley Mowat has a wonderful sense of humour. He uses this sense of humour to poke fun at the government, people's attitudes towards wolves, and the inexperience of a young man on a new job. He is sent off into the north with all kinds of weapons which he quickly discovers he doesn't need. The wolves are not dangerous; they allow Farley to closely observe their lives. The native people think Farley is a little odd if not crazy. That he is crazy is confirmed in their minds when Farley begins eating mice! Farley has noticed that the arctic wolves are eating large numbers of mice. He sets out to do a scientific experiment to determine if eating only mice provides a balanced diet. Since he has no subjects to use in his experiment, Farley decides to experiment on himself.

'Never Cry Wolf' is a wonderful story that illustrates how little we really know about wild animals. Farley Mowat was in the wilderness doing his study at a time when serious study of wolves was just beginning. This is one of the first books to show wolves in a realistic manner. While the story is almost thirty years old now, it is certainly still worth reading and enjoying.

'Never Cry Wolf' was also made into a movie and should be available at your local video store. In general, the movie is the same as the book, although some events and especially the ending has been changed. The movie is worth watching for it shows us the vastness of the arctic lands and the majesty of the wolves.

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