the caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong

Inuit proverb, stressing the interrelationship between predator and prey.

1963 F. MOWAT Never Cry Wolf (1979) 90 This is why the caribou and the wolf are one: for the caribou feeds the wolf but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.

2006 World Wildlife Fund website 31 Oct. ‘Arctic Wolf’ In most Native American mythologies, the wolf is revered as a powerful spirit and its place in the web of life is seen as vital. An old Inuit saying from the Kivalliq Region in northern Canada, says: ‘The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.’

2007 ‘Without a Park to Range’ weblog 30 Jan. If you don’t believe biologists, heed an Inuit proverb based on thousands of years of observation: ‘The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.’


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