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Never Cry Wolf (original 1963; edition 1983)

by Farley Mowat

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Title:Never Cry Wolf
Authors:Farley Mowat
Info:Bantam USA (1983), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Natural History, Wolves, 1010CC

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Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (1963)

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Unappealing. Seemed to plunge into 70's hippie philosophy with alacrity. Wolves are great, but people philosophizing... ( )
  themulhern | Apr 16, 2016 |
This delightful memoir is based on two summers and a winter that Farley Mowat spent in the subarctic regions of southern Keewatin Territory and northern Manitoba as a biologist studying wolves and caribou. Sent there by the Canadian government to, as he describes it, confirm the hateful myths then firmly held about wolves, Mowat instead learned about the symbiotic relationship between wolves and caribou and the terrible toll being wrought on both populations by white man's intrusion into the ecosystem. With humor and respect, Mowat tells the story of one family of wolves. Through this storytelling, he captures the vast beauty of the region, the majesty of both the wolves and the caribou on which they depend (although he illuminates the fact that the wolves primarily eat mice when such are plentiful), and the bemused innocence of the local natives as they worked to understand this white man's behavior. I chuckled out loud more than once and finished this quick read with a resounding sense of satisfaction. Four happy stars. ( )
3 vote EBT1002 | Apr 3, 2016 |
“We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be...”

Mowat, a naturalist/biologist is given an assignment: spend the summer in the subarctic and study wolf behavior, particularly, their feeding habits. Mowat discovers one wolf family and follows them closely, for several months. It is an eye-opening experience, giving him a deeper understanding and compassion for this misunderstood animal.

This is a terrific read. Funny and adventurous. I have heard much of it is fictionalized, but as a story, it really resounds. Surprisingly, it was written, about 50 years ago but still remains fresh and entertaining. ( )
1 vote msf59 | Mar 20, 2016 |
Never Cry Wolf is a very entertaining story of about wolves. Farley Mowat, the author, tells of how he spent the better part of a year living in the arctic tundra studying wolves and their habitat for the Canadian government. This was during the late 1940’s and in those days, wolves were still considered one of man’s greatest enemies.

Although slightly dated, for example Mowat refers to the indigenous people as Eskimos, I found this a fun read. His descriptions of wolfish life are interesting and observant. This book, originally published in the early 1960’s helped to stir an interest in the preservation of these fascinating animals, who were taken almost to the brink of extinction before we overcame the myths and realized these creatures deserved their place in the food chain and were not a threat to mankind at all.

Never Cry Wolf is a fine example of an adventure book that promotes the environment and wildlife preservation. I believe it’s light-hearted humorous approach makes it appealing to people of all ages and this is one of the reasons that it is still used in schools today. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 6, 2016 |
Story of his study in Canada for govt — wolves study him — docile animals

More than a half-century ago the naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou. Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone -- studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for the wolves (who were of no threat to caribou or man) -- is today celebrated as a classic of nature writing, at once a tale of remarkable adventures and indelible record of myths and magic of wolves.
  christinejoseph | Mar 3, 2016 |
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It is a long way in time and space from the bathroom of my Grandmother Mowat's house in Oakville, Ontario, to the bottom of a wolf den in the Barren Lands of central Keewatin, and I have no intention of retracing the entire road which lies between.
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The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.
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More than a half-century ago the Canadian Wildlife Service assigned the naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou. Mowat's account of the summer he lived in the frozen tundra alone-studying the wolf population and developing a deep affection for the wolves (who were of no threat to caribou or man) and for a friendly Inuit tribe known as the Ihalmiut ("People of the Deer")-is a work that has become cherished by generations of readers, an indelible record of the myths and magic of wild wolves.

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A biologist's official mission to study wolves turns up many unusual facts about their pattern of living.

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