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Three separate ‘sightings’ of yetis have been made in Siberia in recent weeks, say fishermen and an official in Russia.
All were in the remote Kemerovo region, where around 30 ‘abominable snowmen’ live, according to the country’s leading researcher on the creatures.
In one previously undisclosed case last month near Myski village, fishermen in a boat on a river initially mistook distant figures first for bears and then people, said the Siberian Times
‘We shouted to them – do you need help?,’ said fisherman Vitaly Vershinin.
‘They just rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making their way through the bushes and with two other limbs, straight up the hill.’
He said: “What did we think? It could not be bears, as the bear walks on all-fours, and they ran on two…. so then they were gone.’
On a second sighting on the bank of the Mras-Su River several days later, an unnamed fisherman was quoted saying: ‘We saw some tall animals looking like people.’
He added: ‘Our binoculars were broken and did not let us see them sharply. We waved at the animals but they did not respond, then quickly ran back into the forest, walking on two legs.
‘We realised that they were not in dark clothes but covered by dark fur. They did walk like people.’
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In a further case this month, an unnamed forestry inspector had encountered a ‘yeti’ Shorsky National Park, according to local government official Sergei Adlyakov.
‘The creature did not look like a bear and quickly disappeared after breaking some branches of the bushes,’ he said.
This case was in Tashtagolski district, close to the border with Khakassia. No images have appeared from the alleged sightings.
Russia’s leading ‘yeti’ expert Igor Burtsev, head of the International Centre of Hominology, claimed that Myski will next month host an international conference and expedition in search of the yeti.
He said the ‘sighting’ was ‘significant’ though he was unaware of the later National Shorsky Park case.
He added: ‘We shall explore new areas, to the north from the usual places yetis have been seen previously. The conference will start in Moscow and then we will travel with our guests to Kemerovo region.’
At a similar expedition last year, he claimed to have found yeti hair though no DNA findings have been released.
He claims the creature – also known as Bigfoot and Sasquatch – is the missing link between Neanderthal man and modern human beings.
Burtsev has previously claimed a population of around 30 yetis are living in Kemerovo region.
‘We have good evidence of the yeti living in our region, and we have heard convincing details from experts elsewhere in Russia and in the US and Canada,’ he said.
‘The description of the habits of the Abominable Snowmen are similar from all over the world.’
Last November hunters claimed they had discovered the nest of a legendary Yeti in the same area of Siberia.
Experts stumbled across trees, twisted by force to form an arch, in the area which is famed for sightings of the wildman.
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