This is a new PBS hour long documentary covering what happens to wildlife, specifically wolves, after the nuclear disaster that took place in Chernobyl 25 years ago. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet but I’ll update this post with my review once I do.
Update: I just finished watching this documentary and I would say that there was one big message I took from the show. The accident at Chernobyl was horrific and caused eminence damage to the surrounding area that will be felt world wide for years to come. The damage is so eminence that it will be unsuitable for human re population for at least 100,000 years. The documentary goes on to show that because of this, the wildlife, including the wolf, has taken over the area and is now doing as well as, or in some cases better than, surrounding non contaminated areas. In effect, it has created a safe haven for wildlife for the next 100,000 years. Talk about the ultimate wildlife protection policy! So the bottom line is that because of this major human caused disaster, wildlife will live and prosper in this area for years to come. There are still many studies being done to determine the long term effect the radiation will have on the wildlife but so far there hasn’t been any definitive evidence that the current populations will suffer any long term consequences. It makes me think of why it takes a nuclear accident to give wildlife the protection it deserves. If you have a free hour, it’s definitely worth a watch.