The planned Yeti Park in Sheregesh, Siberia will include a hotel and a museum, and is intended to attract those keen to be the first to prove the existence of the yeti.
The region’s governor Aman Tuleyev has offered a?20,500 reward — one million roubles — to anyone who can catch a yeti and prove its existence. 'I’ll sit down with him, chat and have a cup of tea,' he promised.
Igor Idimeshev, 48, deputy head of Sheregesh’s local council in Siberia, and the man behind the new park said: 'We are building the Yeti Park now, and of course there will be a chance for people who come here to see creature. For me having Yetis here means something much more than the simple tourist attraction'.
He added: 'We will have a dedicated plot of land for Yeti park, where anyone can see it. We will organise a museum, exhibiting all
The Yeti theme is 'important for the region'.
Last year Russian academic Professor Valentin Sapunov claimed a population of 200 yeti exist in the Kemerovo, Khakassia and Altai regions of Siberia.
Mr. Idimeshev insists he has seen the creature — dismissed by most scientists as legend — several times.
He told the Siberian Times: 'I’ve seen this creature several times.
And when I saw the yeti’s eyes my only thought was that they are not from Earth — they are clearly of an extraterrestrial nature.
To me, the yeti is an extraterrestrial creature. I believe that it is like a controller to look over things here on Earth.'
Mr. Idimeshev added that the creature — known as Big Men by locals — could 'suddenly disappear and
He added: 'Another extraordinary thing is that yeti’s hair is luminous at night, and also that the Yeti can walk on water.
Every man round here sees him when he hunts. It’s all right to mention the fact of meeting — but we don’t go into the details of it, like where exactly it was, what he did do, or your luck will be gone.
The feeling is one of fear. It is a fear that you cannot explain rationally. You feel yourself very scared and tense at the same time.
One of the closest comparisons is the feeling of looking into a wolf’s eyes. If you’ve ever seen them — I mean a wild wolf, not a caged animal — you remember a feeling of them being something very unusual, alien.
Like with a wolf, you can see a yeti’s eyes from a distance of some 100–150 metres. They are quite hypnotising.
Mr Idimeshev admitted his mother had told him to keep the details of his encounters with the yeti to himself.
He said: 'The only person I ever told everything in detail to was my mother — and she taught me to keep it to myself.
People will simply think you’ve made it up', she told me.'
Last year, three separate sightings of Yeti were reported in southern Siberia.