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NOVOKUZNETSK, Kemerovo Region, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – You may not find Bigfoot in Siberia, but at least you can access the creature’s alleged stomping ground now that volunteers have cleared the track that leads across the taiga to its believed lair.
The “environmental pathway” to the Azasskaya Cave in the Kemerovo Region is now easy to navigate for tourists visiting the Shorsky National Park, which is home to the cave, district officials said Wednesday.
Volunteers have cleaned the 18-kilometer track of shrubs and fallen trees and set up tables and chairs and a welcome banner for visiting tourists, the report said.
The region has been trying to capitalize on Bigfoot since 2008, when local hunters first claimed to have spotted a giant hairy hominid in the taiga.
Retired heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai “Beast from the East” Valuyev personally joined a search party looking for Bigfoot in 2011.
Valuyev, now a federal legislator who, at about 213 cm (7 foot) tall and 140 kilograms (308 pounds), has himself been compared to Bigfoot on national television, did not meet any unusual creatures, but reported finding a footprint that he claimed may have been left by some previously unknown bipedal species inhabiting the Siberian taiga.
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