Chernobyl becomes “thriving” place for wild animals?

Three thoughts about Sputnik News trying to spin the area near Chernobyl as being “thriving” and a “well-functioning nature reserve”:  1. Their spin rivals BLM News Releases and BLM language in Environmental Assessments  2. Chernobyl is probably a “hot” spot to this day, since it was one of the worst nuclear accidents in history (it’s not exactly a desirable travel destination in my book) and 3. this can’t be good for the animals, including wild horses.  –  Debbie

Source: sputniknews.com

The area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has become a hospitable ground for some wildlife species that have returned three decades after the accident.

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The radioactive zone near the Chernobyl nuclear plant became an unexpected thriving habitat for bears, lynxes and wild horses, among numerous other animals, AFP reported.

The evacuation of around 130,000 people within a very short period of time from the area of 4,140 km² surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant created a vacuum, which wild animals have eventually filled.

“Now these animals don’t feel “stress” from human-caused activities, which they feel elsewhere,” Denis Vyshnevskiy, a chief engineer at Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, explained.

In other words, the absence of humans led to the increased number of wild animals, despite the threat of radiation.Wild horses, introduced in the past, are now thriving with around 100 animals grazing the fields near Chernobyl. Elk, wolves, bears and even lynxes, which were previously absent, have also returned to the area on their own accord, AFP said.

Brown bears, which haven’t been seen in the area for over a century, are now back as well.

Looks like the nuclear catastrophe accidently created a well-functioning nature reserve. Does this mean that humans and our exploitation of environment are worse than a large-scale nuclear accident? Certainly, interesting food for thought.

6 comments on “Chernobyl becomes “thriving” place for wild animals?

  1. “Does this mean that humans and our exploitation of environment are worse than a large-scale nuclear accident”—-Yes!! exactly—around the world, the most intractable issue for plants and animals, birds and all other forms of life is the despoiling of habitat and the appropriation of land (and OCEANS) for humans and their human centric “development” This is NOT to say that the toxic legacy of the Chernobyl explosion is not terrible—there are some well documented cases of albinoism, malformations—birds without wings, twisted, stunted trees, etc—but by far the thing that Nature has no defense or recovery against is the occupation of space by Homo sapiens. Humans should keep their gross numbers to reproductive replacement level, no more than 2 offspring per reproducing couple, and this would have more beneficial effects than any other “fix-it” scheme that can be devised—carbon credits trading, etc, etc. Just look at the recently deceased Antonin Scalia, Judge of the Supreme court (thank god he’s gone!) He has NINE offspring of his coupling. We have exponential growth in the human population and it is a juggernaut no planet can sustain.

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  2. I agree with Susan Rudnicki 100%. We live on a radioactive planet in a radioactive solar system and have since the Big Bang. It is nothing that animal biology cannot handle, in fact adapted to eons ago. What animals have not been able to adapt is our out of control human reproductive rate coupled with our so called superiority complex. In the end it will be our downfall. In the meantime I am thankful for places humans chose to place themselves off limits.

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