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Chernobyl Wolves Could Spread Mutant Genes

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:11 PM by chloe owens

7/2/2018, by Newshub

Chernobyl wolves could spread mutant genes

The wolves began to take over in 2016, with researchers at the time estimating at least 300 wolves lived in the exclusion zone. A new study published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research has found that the 30km-wide zone has essentially become a wildlife preserve due to the lack of human interference….Study lead author and wildlife ecologist Michael Byrne says the wolves' population within the zone is up to seven times greater than in surrounding reserves. Now, for the first time, "we have tracked a young wolf that has definitely left the exclusion zone", Byrne said. In just three weeks, the animal ended up roaming more than 300km away.