The local administration of the Kemerovo region in the south of Siberia claims evidence of the elusive and mythical Yeti has been found deep in the mountains.
According to an official statement published by the Kemerovo region, a recently launched scientific expedition discovered "indisputable proof," including footprints and hair samples from the snowy beast.
"During the expedition to the Azasskaya cave, conference participants gathered indisputable proof that the Shoria mountains are inhabited by the 'Snow Man'," Kemerovo officials claimed in a press release obtained and translated by the AFP.
The curious expedition was put together after Kemerovo's governor asked researchers from the United States, Canada, and many other countries to share their information and stories about the man-monster at a conference.
"They found his footprints, his supposed bed, and various markers with which the Yeti marks his territory," the statement said.
If you aren’t familiar, Yetis, Abominable Snowmen, or Big Foot are hairy (probably smelly—if real) creatures said to resemble apes. They are popular as myth and it is said that they prefer to live in the Himalayas - where it would obviously be difficult to confirm or deny the existence of such an animal.
However, there are groups of people who believe Russia has a population of Yetis somewhere in the remote parts of Siberia. They affectionately call them Snow Men.
The Kemerovo region's Shoria is a thinly populated section of Siberia that is mostly known for being a territory for coal and metal mining.
The region - where the administrative center of Kuznetsk coal basin is located - has been "searching" for the Yeti for many years, while simultaneously attempting to develop a viable tourist industry.
Yeti trips to Siberia anyone?