Brown Bears spotted in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
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Brown Bears spotted in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Published On: Sun, Nov 30th, 2014 | Environment | By BioNews

For the first time scientist have captured images of brown bears within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation is an officially designated exclusion area around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. It is also commonly known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the 30 Kilometer Zone. The Exclusion Zone’s purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities.

Brown bear. Photo: Sergey Gashchak (Chornobyl Centre, Ukraine)

Brown bear. Photo: Sergey Gashchak (Chornobyl Centre, Ukraine)

Researchers from the Transfer, Exposure Effects research project, an organization which is interested in exploring and documenting the radiation effects on the environment, and their Ukrainian collaborator, Dr Sergey Gaschak, had set up camera traps in the Zone for two years. When Dr. Gaschak downloaded his latest set of photographs he found the first confirmation of brown bear(Ursus arctos) in the area. Ukraine opened up this area to the tourists in 2011 and brief visits are possible through guided tours. There have been few unverified reports of bear sighting but this is first documented evidence of bears presence in the area.

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