Canadian author Farley Mowat dies

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TORONTO -- Canadian author Farley Mowat, a master storyteller and tireless defender of nature and wildlife, has died. He was 92.

Stephen Smith, a friend of Mowat's, said he died Tuesday evening after collapsing at his house in Port Hope, Ontario.

Mowat wrote some 40 books, many based on his own adventures and travels. They included "The Boat Who Wouldn't Float" and "Never Cry Wolf."

Never one to shy away from controversy, Mowat was outspoken about many environmental and social issues. He called Canada's treatment of aboriginals "abominable," said Canada's annual seal hunt was, "perhaps the most atrocious single trespass by human beings against the living world that's taking place today."

and said hunts in general were "symbolic of the massive destruction that we've visited upon life."

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