|Until we see evidence like this, we're skeptical.|
Well, you can. But we're not.
Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post is reporting: "Researchers are claiming they are 95 percent sure that the fabled Russian version of the Abominable Snowman or Bigfoot lives in the Kemerovo region of Siberia."
Just one week into a quest to track down the possible cousin of Sasquatch and Chewbacca, the team says it has found "irrefutable proof" that the creature exists, according to a post on the region of Komerevo's website (no link because we do not understand Russian).
The evidence, according to a Google translation, includes hair samples, footprints, "a probable den, and various markers that Yetis mark their territory with." The hair samples will be examined in a laboratory. Apparently, scientists have not seen the den's alleged inhabitant.
We're not sure what "various markers" means. Did they find "No Trespassing" signs written in Yeti?
Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, told Speigel:
"This does not seem to be any more than what you hear about from weekend excursions in North America that go out, discovering some hair of undetermined origin, calling it 'Bigfoot hair,' then locating some broken branches and piled trees, saying it was made by Bigfoot, and finding footprints that look like Sasquatch tracks. These are not 'proof' that would hold up, zoologically."
The Internet, of course, is running wild with the story. Yes, that would include us.
But skeptics remain, well, skeptical. As Speigel points out, the Kemerovo region relies on Yeti-inspired tourism and ski season - known locally as Day of the Yeti - is coming soon.