The Man Who Lives With Wolves

The Man Who Lives With Wolves

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The star of "Living with the Wolfman" shares the story of his decision to live among wolves, describing his efforts in the wilds of England's Norfolk and on Idaho's Nez Perce Indian reservation where he makes homes with two packs in captivity.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307464538
0307464539
Branch Call Number: 599.773 ELL
Characteristics: xiv, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Junor, Penny

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tomwould
Sep 14, 2016

An unusual subject, beautifully written. A bit slow in a few places, but all-in-all, 5 out of 5 stars for this TRUE story. Not everyone will relate to the writer and his subjects, but there is a lot to be learned. (First, that the myths we've grown up with about how dangerous wolves are - are largely false.) Wolves form a tightly knit family (or pack), and they look out for one another like families should - and they and the natural world around them all benefit from this approach to surviving in the wild.

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Happynat70
Sep 24, 2013

Excellent autobiography of Shaun Ellis and his amazing experience of living with a pack of wild wolves

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Sep 14, 2016

QUOTE: So many human beings, in contrast, take everything for granted. They are greedy and selfish and plunder the earth as though they are the only species that matters. And so much of our society is dangerous and uncaring. At the airport waiting for my flight I watched parents arguing with their children and disciplining them for nothing. I wanted to say, “Stop it. Enjoy your children, appreciate what you’ve got.”

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Sep 14, 2016

QUOTE: But the hardest thing was adjusting to the human world. The world I had come from [living with the wolves], and felt I belonged to was so simple and balanced. There was no deception, no malice, and no gratuitous cruelty. Everything was done for reasons that everyone understood, and although they could be rough and aggressive and fight for what was theirs, they also had a gentle, caring side to their nature and looked after their own with great gentleness, as I had seen and experienced. Keeping the family unit safe and fed was what mattered most to these animals, but they had respect for the creatures with which they shared their world. They killed to eat, never for fun and never more than they could use.

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