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The bigger, the better

UGA ecologist Jim Beasley completed a study that found renewed wildlife populations at Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.

Since Chernobyl was evacuated, wildlife have flourished there despite the remains of nuclear radiation.

Beasley told Popular Science magazine that the presence of the Eurasian lynx and brown bears are a good sign.

“The large, widespread and stable populations of top predators show the productivity of a system,” he said. “You can’t have large top predators in places where there isn’t enough variety of food for them to eat.”