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Never Cry Wolf Essay

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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ― H.P. Lovecraft. Fear drives mankind to hate what he cannot comprehend. With this irrational fear mankind is controlled and set on a path of destruction and chaos. In the autobiography Never Cry Wolf written by Farley Mowat, the main character (Farley Mowat), journeys to the Canadian tundra to study the much-feared wolf. There he discovers the fear brought upon by men, and how it can result horribly for the wolves. The human race was so frightened by the unknown species that they began to blame the wolves for cold slaughters, portrayed them as vicious killers, and because ...view middle of the document...

The wolves are repeatedly blamed for being the vicious killers who are responsible for every slaughter and kill that occur in the tundra. Trappers understand that no one understands the wolves so they see it fit to make them the ones to take the blame. Mankind needs to start to realize that it is there own fear that drives humans to blame the wolves for their own problems.
Without the proper knowledge needed to understand how the wolf works, the creature is inaccurately shown as a wild, vicious killer. As Mowat progresses through his research he learns about the wolves hunting abilities and begins to acquire new information and states,” I could hardly believe that the all-powerful and intelligent wolf would limit his predation on the caribou herds to culling the sick and infirm when he could presumably, take his choice of the fattest and most succulent individuals” (Mowat 126). The way the government and people portray wolves as mindless killers is not only false, but it is far from the truth. Wolves are instead intelligent creatures that have the ability to choose and pick the right kill. Also, as Mowat researches their eating habits he finds that “the wolves of Wolf House Bay, and, by inference at least, all the Barren Land wolves who were raising families outside the summer caribou range, were living largely, on mice” (Mowat 107). During the summer the wolves weren’t even that cause of the deaths of caribou. Instead they found new resources to live off of when the caribou leave so they can continue to survive. This information is an exact contrast to the statements made by the government about the “dangerous murderers”. The trappers are using the wolves as an excuse to there own actions, instead of actually telling the truth. The stereotype brought upon the wolves makes people fear them, and makes it easier for mankind to blame them for there problems. The resourceful survivors that are the wolves are portrayed as merciless, heartless beasts.
Fear is what drove the humans to act out violently against the wolves. They aren’t only prepared to blame the wolves for their problems, but they are willing to go as far as killing them off to get their way. When Mowat describes how his supervisors expect him to handle the wolves that come his way he describes “My armament consisted of two rifles, a revolver,...

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