Canadian author and environmentalist Farley Mowat has died, aged 92.

The beloved writer first found literary success in the 1950s after serving as an officer in Italy during World War Two.

His first major book, People of the Deer, centred upon the members of an Inuit tribe battling starvation. He went on to write bestsellers like Never Cry Wolf.

Paying tribute to the author in a statement released on Wednesday (07May14), Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Mowat would be remembered as "a passionate Canadian," adding, "His legacy will live on in the treasure of Canadian literature he leaves behind, which will remain a joy to both new and old fans around the world."

Mowat wrote more than 40 books and was awarded the prestigious Order of Canada medal in 1981.