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Radioactive Wolves

After the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor on April 26, 1986, around 340,000 people were displaced from the exclusion zone of Chernobyl, which stretches from Ukraine into Belarus and Russia. In the absence of humans, a profusion of wild species has taken over, creating a new wilderness. At the top of this ecosystem is the wolf. Rumors about wolves in the zone have been numerous, but hard facts are still rare. Curious about these rumors, the crew tries to answer such questions as: How many wolves are there really in this area? How are the animals dealing with the radioactive pollution? Do they migrate to the zone from uncontaminated areas and then die? Or is there a resident population? Narrated by Harry Smith.  

Directed and written by Klaus Feichtenberger.  Winner, Best Wildlife Habitat Program, 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

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