A wolf hunt in Belarus about 370km southeast of the capital Minsk and close to the 30km exclusion zone around Chernobyl. Despite radiation, wildlife in and around the exclusion zone has been teeming since people left the area around Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear disaster. Wolves, foxes and racoon dogs in the area may be hunted throughout the year as they are not wanted in Belarus, according to the keepers of the ecological reserve.


Hunting For Wolves

01. A man drags a wolf killed during a wolf hunt near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. Despite radiation, wildlife in and around the exclusion zone has been teeming since people left the area around Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear disaster. Wolves, foxes and racoon dogs in the area may be hunted throughout the year as they are not wanted in Belarus, according to the keepers of the ecological reserve. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

02. A hunter drags a wolf killed in forest as his colleague removes a line with flags which was used while hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

03. A hunter drags a wolf killed in forest as his colleagues remove a line with flags which was used while hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

04. Hunters stand by a wolf killed in a forest after hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

05. Hunters stand by a wolf killed in a forest after hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

06. Hunters skin a wolf killed in a forest, after hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

07. A trail of blood runs across the snow as hunters skin a wolf killed in a forest, after hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

08. Hunters skin a wolf killed in a forest, after hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

09. Hunters skin a wolf killed in a forest, after hunting for wolves near the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Chekhi, about 370 km (217 miles) southeast of Minsk January 8, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

10. A man holds a wounded wolf during a hunt for wolves near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

11. A man holds a wounded wolf during a hunt for wolves near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

12. Wolf hunters stand around a wounded wolf near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

13. Wolf hunters stand beside a wounded wolf near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

14. A wolf hunter stands beside a wounded wolf near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Hunting For Wolves

15. A wolf killed during a wolf hunt is skinned near the village of Antonov, about 370 km (230 miles) southeast of Minsk, near the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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