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This book by the Canadian naturalist Farley Mowat, which was made into a film in 1983, is an account, often humorous, of Mowat's study of the natural behavior of the arctic wolf in the treeless environs of northern Canada in the late 1940s. He had been sent up there to study the wolf and bring back data on how much the wolf population had been the apparent cause of the large decline in the caribou population. What he discovered was a detailed family life and the controversial observation that there no threat at all for the caribou (or to humans) from the wolves. This book is a classic in conservation literature. It shows the love man has of nature and how we should protect it. As most ranchers will tell you, coyotes are much more of a problem than wolves and wolves help keep the coyote population down.
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am 7. April 2000
"Never Cry Wolf" is one of Canadian author Farley Mowat's first works and it's a beauty. Told with humour and verve and a tongue very much in the cheek, it is nevertheless a serious inquiry into what motivates man to do the things he does. One can see Mowat sitting up there in the ice and snow of the Arctic, scratching away at what was then a healthy head of hair and the beginnings of a very respectable beard, wondering, "what on earth can they be thinking of," as he tries to deal with the odd behaviour of government machinery thousands of miles away to the south. Further, and this is I suppose the point of the book, what is he to do about this animal he has been sent, not to study, but to convict, who simply won't behave like the awful predator he is alleged to be? Why is man disposed to decide upon things first, and then learn the truth afterwards (often when it is too late)? And having found out the truth of the matter for himself, what should Mowat do about it? Well, I think the subsequent career of this ardent defender of natural causes speaks for itself. In fact, just before you read his environmental masterpiece, "Sea of Slaughter," you should read this. It's the tip of the iceberg, but it will perhaps soften the blow.
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am 10. Dezember 1998
Sent by a government agency to establish the facts against the arctic wolf, by proving that it was a resolute and unflinching killer of caribou, the youthful Mowat actually discovered (for what was not to be the only time in his life) that man was the only serious threat in the North and that the wolf was quietly feasting on mice instead of "deer". A heart-rending tale, told by a true believer in all things animal and human, this is a book which should be compulsory reading for all schoolchildren. Mowat has done us a great service by pointing out that we cannot continue to treat the natural world as if its many denizens were of no importance, even to us. Finding out the truth about the wolf also helped Mowat, and us, find out something very important about ourselves; it's a lesson we need to learn and relearn and never forget. Never Cry Wolf will long remain a startling but lonely cry from a remote wilderness.
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am 26. Oktober 1999
"Never Cry Wolf" is a true story about Farly Mowat's studies of wild wolves in Alaska. The book details his studies and observations of one particular pack of wolves. In his studies, he conducts an experiment to see if a large animal (human) can survive strictly on field mice, and he is the guinea pig. He does this because he notices that this is all the wolf family is eating in the spring, and he wanted to see if it was really possible.
This book is an excellent selection for any reader interested in wolves or an Alaskan adventure. Also any reader interested in a lot of feeling and emotion would be completely satisfied.
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am 17. März 1997
'Never Cry Wolf' is fiction, although it was published as non-fiction. The wolves in the book often behave in quite unrealistic ways. Unless you're looking for a textbook, that barely matters; Mowat's style more than makes up for his lapses in scientific rigour. He writes with zest, economy and impeccable lightness of touch. The book is filled with gentle humour, much of which is indirect. Watch out for it or you may miss it.

I unreservedly recommend 'Never Cry Wolf'. But be warned: if you love wolves, have a friend nearby while you read the last page.
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am 18. August 1999
I gave Never Cry Wolf 5 stars beacuse it gave you an intimate relationship with wolves, not their blood thirsty myth. The wolf is not a blood thirsty kill everything in sight lone working creatures, but great parents, are wily, curios, clever,and intielligent. Another aspect I enjoyed about the book is it's portrayl with the wolves. The eskimos respect and will never harm wolves, and some may even be able to communicate with wolves. You will also enjoy Farley Mowats re-lived adventure. 'Never Cry Wolf' is a great book and you will not regret reading it.
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am 17. Mai 2000
I got the book hoping to learn the human experience of such an amazing challenge. An experience like that must have such a profound impact on a man's psyche, but I felt he masked all of this with shallow quips and wordsmithing. Way too much salesmanship and way too little reality.
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am 30. Mai 2000
At the begining of this story Mowat gets droped of in the Wilderness with all his supplies. He was all by him self. He stayed at that same exact spot for about two days. Didn't know what to do or where to go. Till he met Otek he took him to his little Bunkhouse and let him stay there for his tests with the wolf. Otek teached Mowat a lot about the Wolf. And Mowat tweached Him English. I think the way Mowat describes the differnts between the Wolf and the humans is really good. He tries a lot of things that the Wolf does. Like he eats mice, he makes mice stwee and all kinds of other things and he actually likes it. He tries to undestand the Wolf more and he really does live like the Wolf does. Anyways, this is a really good book and it's worth to read it. The bgining is kind of slow but then after the 5 chapter it gets cvery good and it's hard to lay the book down.
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am 21. Oktober 1999
"Never Cry Wolf" is about a man who is sent to the Wolf House Bay to discover how wolves live. This is a desolate place and there are no other people living in that area for miles around. The man finds out where the wolves den is and when the wolves are not there he hikes over to the den and looks around. He learns a lot about the wolves and how they live and love him.
Mowatt tells in the story how the wolves communicate to each other and hunt together. Mowatt does a lot of research on the way wolves live. Mowatt explains all the details in the story, such as when the wolves leave to hunt and what they are hunting. Wolves hunt deer and caribou, but when there were no caribou they will eat mice. Wolves will generally hunt in packs so there are more of them if they have to bring down a large animal.
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am 22. August 1999
I personally liked this book. I thought it was well written and it managed to interest me for the most part thoroughout the whole novel. I am a Freshman in High School and I was able to find this book easily readable, you just have to get into it, then you will like it. However, I may just find this book interesting because I just read A Separate Peace by John Knowles -(Not a very exciting book). The best part about Never Cry Wolf is that it is all a true story.
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