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New 2010 Yeren Evidence?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 19th, 2010

On July 19th, 2010, the Chinese news service Xinhuanet is reporting that new Yeren-type encounters have been noted.

“Bears or Bigfoot” is what villagers in Shennongjia, Hubei Province are wondering ever since one man named Ding Fei, 33, found mysterious thick curly hairs with transparent roots on July 9 at a location called Swallow Hole on a local mountain.

After Ding reported his discovery to the neighborhood committee, some professional researchers on July 11th, at the same site, found additional hairs and a 11.8-inch (30-centimeter) long footprint.

According to the committee’s research, the hair does not match that of a human or any livestock, but to date, a match with a bear has not been excluded.

The Yeren is shown above in this drawing by Harry Trumbore from Loren Coleman’s and Patrick Huyghe’s The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, 2006.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


4 Responses to “New 2010 Yeren Evidence?”

  1. Zilla responds:

    Interesring, but the hair can be from any animal, although
    I have my money on a bear.

  2. Adam Davies responds:

    I am excited by this new evidence.I have followed with great interest ,research on the Yeren for several years now, and as many of your readers will know, Jeff Meldrum and I went to China, with MonsterQuest,at my request, for the `China’s Wildman` episode.Whilst we were there, Jeff identified some prints found by previously by our tracker,Mr.Yuan, as being from an unknown primate, citing obvious comparisons with Sasquatch prints.
    I was also impressed by how seriously academics and cryptid researchers alike take the subject of the Yeren. Whether sceptics or believers ,the debate amongast our group was conducted in an impassioned and objective manner.My only regret was that we did not have enough time out there to do more field research.Whilst it is certainly true that misidentification with bears could certainly account for some of the sightings,there have been too many reports ,for too many centuries ,of this unique bipedal primate ,for them all to be dismissed as bears. Whatever the outcome of these latest tests, having been to Hubei Province, I am a firm believer in the existence of the Yeren. I hope to get another opportunity to study it again in the near future.

  3. alcalde responds:

    I’m sort of with Zilla… there’s nothing linking this hair to anything. Someone just… found hair. It wasn’t tied in to any sighting. What links it to the Yeren?

    “After Ding reported his discovery to the neighborhood committee, some professional researchers on July 11th, at the same site, found additional hairs and a 11.8-inch (30-centimeter) long footprint.”

    Now here’s a problem. Who are these professional researchers and what makes them professional? And come to think of it, what are they researchers of? What did the footprint look like? Are they the ones making the link here? And my biggest puzzlement… why would anyone notice, much less get excited about, finding a few stray hairs on a mountain, much less report it to their local government???? :-)

    “According to the committee’s research, the hair does not match that of a human or any livestock, but to date, a match with a bear has not been excluded.”

    Should this read “committee” or “professional researchers”? “Committee” earlier referred to the local “neighborhood committee”. I’m not sure they’d be equipped or qualified to make those types of determinations.

  4. Shadow Ink responds:

    No bear, that I am aware of, has curley hair. How many species of bear inhabit the area the hair was found in? Do any of them exhibit curley hair?



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