Wildlife including wolves, elk and wild boar are thriving around Chernobyl since the area was deserted by humans after the world's worst nuclear accident, a study shows.

 Around 116,000 people were permanently evacuated from the 1,600 square miles (4,200 sq km) exclusion zone around the power plant, with villages and towns left to go to ruin.

Using helicopter surveys, researchers in Belarus found that elk, roe deer, red deer and wild boar populations within the exclusion zone are similar to those in four uncontaminated nature reserves in the region, while wolf numbers are seven times higher.

Lynx have returned to the area, having previously been absent, while wild boar are taking advantage of abandoned farm buildings and orchards for shelter and food.

The study found said while the extremely high dose rates of radiation in the immediate aftermath of the accident significantly hit animal health and reproduction, they recovered quickly and there was no evidence of long term effects on mammal populations.

Responses to "Chernobyl is a wildlife Paradise: Wolves, lynx, elk have thrived without humans"

  1. Anonymous says:

    La chispa de la vida es mas fuerte que la destruccion ,siempre pelea por resurgir.me emociona

  2. a powerful, beautiful and frightening metaphor.

  3. Unknown says:

    Of course they would thrive, we humans destroy and invade habitat...

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