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Never Cry Wolf Essay

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What is the first thing you think of when you hear about wolves? For Farley he sees them as being ferocious animals like most people, but discovering that they are not murderous creatures is harder to except than expected. In Farley Mowat’s novel, Never Cry Wolf, Farley reveals that despite the wolves’ gentile, innocent nature, Farley and mankind have been brainwashed by the media and the bureaucracy, they make people believe the wolves kill immense amounts of caribou each year, exclaiming so in false dishonest tales. Farley makes many miraculous discoveries about wolves, that he has a hard time excepting them because they are so far from what he was taught, and how the bureaucracy portrays them. Mowat comprehends that, the lupine species, are not only more civilized then human beings, and more amiable too. The lack of legitimate information given out from the government, has given wolves an unfair reputation. Much is said and written about how many deer are slaughtered by wolves; but very little is said about the actual numbers of wolves are slaughtered by men .The trappers whom Farley interviews, inform him that the wolves are rapidly destroying the caribou. When in fact it is the trappers who murder a great deal; “One trapper… collected bounty on a hundred and eighteen wolves, of which one hundred and seven were young ones…”(155). Furthermore many people became accustom to the myths of theses creatures from man made incidents. Such as, when two men came too close to a wolf and provoked it, aggregating the wolf to snap, the two men and the wolf died in the ensuing crash. “The incident was described in an article, in a widely distributed sports man’s magazine, as an example of the cunning and dangerous nature of the wolf” (156). Since the beginging of time aboriginals proclaimed these placid creatures to be saviors of the over population of weak caribou. “... The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keep the caribou...