The Wolves of Chernobyl
October 16, 2011 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.