Brown Bear vs Yeti – Russian Fairytale or Reality?


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Taiga, also known as the boreal forest, is a biome characterized by coniferous forests. Taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome and covers huge portions of the Earth, predominantly in Canada, Alaska, most of Sweden, Finland, northern Norway, Mongolia, Japan and Siberia. For centuries, the taiga has been a hotspot for Sasquatch and Yeti sightings. For this reason, many Bigfoot expeditions are routinely carried out in these areas of the world, particularly Siberia and Canada. In October of 2010, a group of men who were searching for the mysterious Yeti, in the Mountain Shoria region of the Siberian taiga, returned with some interesting conclusions.

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The expedition was the third trip to this specific area of Mountain Shoria. One of the group’s participants, the director of the International Center for Hominology, Igor Burtsev, assures that Yetis leave traces of life in the taiga. He references giant footsteps, flocks of hair, and abnormal branch shelters. Burtsev claims that the creatures build strange pyramidal constructions of trunks and branches in the forest, sometimes 3 or 4 meters tall, while other examples are only 30 cm high. The expedition also claims that they found evidence that the Altai Yeti has moved into the Kuznetsk region of Russia. This is thought to be due to forest fires and an extremely hot 2010 summer, creating a food shortage.

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The men claim that the migration of the Yetis has caused them to encroach heavily into bear territory. In response, the two creatures are fighting for food. The men suggest that they have recovered evidence that the stronger and smarter Yeti is dominating the bears. It has been recognized that some Russian bears have been struggling for food, making them unable to hibernate for the entire winter. In these cases, people are worried that the bears will enter villages in search of something to eat. Clearly, this story is based around the assumption that the Yeti is real. However, other disturbing tales have surfaced from Russia indicating that the wild bear population is struggling for nourishment.

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In a small village named Vezhnya Tchova, located in the Komi Republic of Russia, a chilling story has been written. It appears that two women who were visiting the local cemetery came across a large brown bear feeding on the human remains of a resident. Apparently, the bear dug up the corpse and was in the middle of feeding when the women approached. The shocked ladies cried in panic and frightened the bear back into the woods. They were exposed to a ghoulish scene, with the clothes of the bear’s already-dead victim draped over adjacent tombstones. Other people in the northern republic of Komi have reported that, during the winter of 2010-2011, bears have resorted to scavenging in towns and villages, rummaging through bins, stealing garden carrots and raiding dumps.

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