35 Years After Chernobyl – What the City of Pripyat Looks Like Today

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Throughout the exclusion zone, the drastic decrease of human activity following the disaster has allowed for a spectacular show from Mother Nature. If prompted, self settlers will regale their audience with tales of warring with wild boars that try to destroy their vegetable gardens, encounters with wolves and elk on village roads, and seeing lynx in the forests for the first time in fifty years.

In fact, populations of bison, boar, badgers, tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog), and red foxes have been holding steady, or increasing – depending on who you talk to – despite high levels of radiation.

One thing is for sure: the exclusion zone preserve is currently home to more wolves than Yellowstone National Park in the United States. It’s not that the radiation isn’t harmful but, human activity is worse, one scientist said when asked about the rising numbers of animals seen in the exclusion zone.