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Canadian wildlife writer Farley Mofat, famed for Never Cry Wolf, dies at 92

Published on May 8, 2014 3:30 PM
 
Author and environmentalist Farley Mowat at Toronto's International Festival of Authors on Oct 23, 1998. Canadian environmentalist Farley Mowat, a fervent and sometimes controversial writer who sold some 17 million books, died on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Ottowa (Reuters, Agence France-Presse) -Canadian environmentalist Farley Mowat, a fervent and sometimes controversial writer who sold some 17 million books, died on Tuesday. He was 92.

His work introduced millions of readers to the Canadian north, a vast, sparsely populated region few writers had explored in depth. He also campaigned for the need to protect wildlife and strongly opposed over-development by humans. "I feel sorry for us because not only are we a bad animal, but we're most inevitably a doomed animal. Every species dies out. But our doom is here and now," he told an interviewer in 1998.

Mowat, who served as an officer in Italy in WWII, came to prominence in 1952 with his first book, People Of The Deer, which described the travails of an Inuit tribe battling starvation and government indifference in Canada's Arctic.

The book sparked interest in the north, and Mowat built on his fame with Never Cry Wolf in 1963, in which he tried to dispel the image of the wolf as a killing machine responsible for the decline in the caribou population. But some experts denounced as nonsense his portrayal of wolves as relatively gentle animals that would rather hunt mice or hares than caribou and debates about the accuracy of his work continued for decades.

 
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