SCIENTISTS from several countries, including Russia and the US, will gather in the Kemerova region of Siberia to hunt down the Yeti, after alleged sightings of the legendary creatures increased threefold in the area over the past 20 years.
Scientists from Russia, the US, Canada, Sweden, Estonia, Mongolia and China were invited to evaluate evidence of the creatures - the existence of which has never been proven - at a conference later this week, according to Russian radio station the Voice of Russia.
Alleged sightings of Yetis in Kemerovo and the neighboring Altai region, about 3200 kilometers east of Moscow, are up three times compared to 20 years ago, with scientists estimating that there is a current population of at least several dozen in the area.
Other evidence of the existence of the creatures - such as basic twig huts, twisted branches and footprints of up to 35 centimeters - also has been found in the area.
A group of scientists from the conference will be sent out to search the region's mountains to examine the evidence and try spot a Yeti.