In The Call of the Wild by Jack London, why do the Yeehats consider Buck the Evil Spirit?

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In author Jack London's The Call of the Wild , the Yeehat tribe considers Buck the "Evil Spirit" because he killed many of them. When Buck returned from one of his hunts in the forest, he found the Yeehats celebrating in his camp. They had killed the other dogs...

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In author Jack London's The Call of the Wild, the Yeehat tribe considers Buck the "Evil Spirit" because he killed many of them. When Buck returned from one of his hunts in the forest, he found the Yeehats celebrating in his camp. They had killed the other dogs as well as Pete and Hans and most notably, John Thornton. Realizing this, Buck attacked them with ferocity, ripping out the throat of the chief and causing some of the Yeehats to kill one another, in the chaos of trying to shoot Buck with their arrows. Finally, they ran into the woods with Buck in hot pursuit, destroying as many of them as he could.

After that day, the Yeehats called Buck the Evil Spirit and were afraid and in awe of him. They noticed him leading the pack of wolves--this ghost dog who some had lost their lives to when they killed the one person he loved above all others--John Thornton.

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