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Never Cry Wolf

Secondary, Middle

Description

This biographical novel by one of Canada's most acclaimed authors describes how a scientific assignment to study wolves in the Northwest Territories transformed a nieve, young biologist into a fierce and passionate advocate for wildlife.  When Farley Mowat was dropped into the Arctic wilderness he believed that wolves were brutally decimating caribou herds and attacking humans.  As he spends hours observing a wolf pack in its's natural environment Mowat soon develops a deep understanding of the intimate connections between the animals, the land and the indigenous people.  Touchingly written with the characteristic storytelling style that makes Farley Mowat so timeless, this book is as important today as it was fifty years ago.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This examination of Arctic ecology is particularly relevant to middle and high school classes that are investigating ecosystem dynamics and factors that disrupt and damage natural systems.  The detailed information about wolves, caribou and the Inuit also supports student learning about the biological, cultural and economic impacts of global environmental issues like climate change.

"Never Cry Wolf" highlights the scientifically flawed approach to increasing threatened wildlife populations by predator removal.  Students could compile and analyze research data on caribou predation rates compared to more signifcant mortality factors such as reduced food availability due to deforestation.  These results could form the basis of a student driven letter writing campaign asking governments to ban wildlife culls.

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 9
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        • Environment and Outdoor Education: Environmental Investigations
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        • Biological Diversity
        • Knowledge and Employability Science: Biological Diversity (Social and Environmental Contexts Emphasis)
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        • Senior 2 Science: Dynamics of Ecosystems
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        • Science 1206: Sustainability of Ecosystems
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        • Science 2200: Ecosytems
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        • Experiential Science 10, Terrestial Systems: Ecology of the Land
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        • Experiential Science 20, Marine Systems: Habitats, Population Dynamics and Management
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        • Science 10: Sustainability of Ecosystems
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    • Grade 8
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        • Interactions in Our Environment
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        • Biological Diversity
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        • Experiential Science 20, Marine Systems: Habitats, Population Dynamics and Management
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        • Science 30: Population and Community Dynamics
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        • :Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems

Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (4)

  • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Biodiversity
  • Interdependence
  • Wildlife Protection