Never Cry Wolf Author:Farley Mowat Hordes of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou, and the government's Wildlife Service assigns naturalist Farely Mowat to investigate. Mowat is dropped alone onto the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf packs and study their waves. Contact with his quarry comes quickly, and Mowat discovers ... more »not a den of marauding killers but a courageous family of skillful providers and devoted protectors of their young. As Mowat comes closer to the wolf world, he comes to fear with them on onslaught of bounty hunters and government exterminators out to erase the noble wolf community from the Arctic. Never Cry Wolf is one of the brilliant narratives on the myth and magical world of wild wolves and man's true place among the creatures of nature. "We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be -- the mythological epitome of a savage, ruthless killer -- which is, in reality, no more than the reflected image of ourself." -- from the new preface to Never Cry Wolf.« less
Farley Mowat is an incredible writer. I have read many of his books and he has the ability to take you right into the story. This one is about him studying the wolves, even living with them to see how they live, what they eat, their society. This is a true story and so well written.
Wolves are predators, but then so is man. This is the book that originally 'turned me on' to the great love for life that Mowat has. His books are humorous and educational. As he writes of his adventures as a a young boy in western Canada I wished I had been by his side.
Many of his other books are perfect for that young man in your family. Never Cry Wolf was written after his assignment 'to prove' wolves were responsible for destroying the caribu herds. Instead, he found that the real reason was that ultimate predator - man.