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365 Excerpts - Never Cry Wolf - Excerpt 6

Title: Never Cry Wolf
Author: Farley Mowat
Published: 1963
Pages: 24-26
Notes: This is definitely one of my favorite books, though it always saddens me to read a book written over 40 years ago and realize that nothing much has changed in regard to how we treat our wild "kin". What I love about Mowat is his sense of humor - it's macabre, dark, fascinating and endearing.

Churchill was then full of missionaries, prostitutes, mounted policemen, rum-runner, trappers, fur smugglers, ordinary fur traders and other interesting characters, all of whom, so it developed, were authorities on wolves. One by one I sought them out and studiously copied down what they had to tell me. From these sources I received fascinating information, most of which had never previously been recorded in the scientific literature. I discovered that, although wolves reputedly devour several hundred people in the Arctic Zone every year, they will always refrain from attacking a pregnant Eskimo. I was told that every four years wolves are subject to a peculiar disease which causes them to shed their entire skins - and during the period when they are running about naked they are so modest they will curl up in a ball if closelyl approached. The trappers whom I interviewed informed me that wolves were rapidly destroying the caribou herds; that each wolf killed thousands of caribou a year just out of blood-lust, while no trapper would think of shooting a caribou except under the most severe provocation.
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