Richard L. Grossman, “Wresting Governing Authority from the Corporate Class,”
Annals of Earth
Volume XX, Number 3
When we change perspectives, pull the camera back and view violent acts of the natural world on a larger community level, something happens. Different patterns begin to reveal themselves. Instead of seeing only death, we see a dance of life—a great round of living and dying. Wolves, for example, are one of the top predators in the Canadian North, yet even as top predators, they only take up to thirty percent of an existing population of caribou. There is death, but there is not holocaust.
Compare the wolves’ efficiency rate to that of a standard commercial fishing harvest, where the percentage of a particular species taken can exceed sixty percent.
There is an embrace in this predator-prey relationship. Wolves raise their pups in the spring at the same time that caribou are raising their calves, easing off on the hunt of caribou in the process, leading to a kind of “evolutionary truce” between the two species, allowing both populations to reinvigorate themselves. Perhaps wolves are equipped with some intuitive or instinctual sense of their reliance on the herd, and of the dangers of exhausting their major source of food.