The Wolves of Chernobyl

October 16, 2011 Wisconsin Public Television Leave a Comment

Watch Nature “Radioactive Wolves” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19 on Wisconsin Public Television.

It’s amazing to think that wildlife can flourish in an area that humans still cannot occupy because of high levels of radiation. All crew members were required to wear masks to enter the area and film, and they were only allowed to stay for very short periods of time.

So how is it that so many animals can manage to survive here generation after generation? More importantly, how has such a large food chain developed over the years to sustain a healthy population of wolves?

It took years of being an endangered and protected species for wolves to return to a healthy population in Wisconsin. Sadly, their return here was met with a great deal of resistance from many of Wisconsin residents. Does the same fate await the predators of Chernobyl? Or will this radioactive wasteland abandoned by humans become a permanent haven for wildlife.


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  • Richard Hammes says:

    I watched the WPT broadcast about the wildlife in the Chernobyl area in October and was very impressed. I am a Clinical Professor at the UW School of Pharmacy and a board certified nuclear pharmacist. I have been asked to present a CME lecture for nuclear pharmacists in October 2012 on radiation effects on biological systems and I would like to use some video cuts from that broadcast. Please advise how I can get a copy of it on CD and permission to use the content in my lecture. I would also like to use it in my UWSOP lectures.
    Thank you
    Richard Hammes, MS RPh BCNP
    Clinical Professor of Pharmacy
    University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

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