In the Spring of 2009 there was a rash of Yeti, or Bigfoot, sightings in the Arctic regions of Sweden. The locals there call him the Snomannen (Snowman) and describe him as dark, ape-like, covered in thick, dirty, stinky hair. His face is broad with prominent brow ridges, a flat nose, and a huge jaw that juts forward.
The Swedish Reports
Someone named Jan-Ove Sundberg gathered these reports from the area north of Stockholm:
- In the summer of 1985 strange growls were heard in the province of Helsingland. This was reported by an unnamed Swedish radio reporter.
- Two elderly men were out hunting moose with their dogs when they started tracking a large, stinky animal. They finally released their dogs. “The dogs came back with their tails between their legs and were terrified,” said Karl Johansson from Bollnas.
- A few months before the moose hunters incident, a woman went to get the family cabin ready for the upcoming summer holiday. The cabin is located in the recreation area at Voxna. As she was cleaning, she heard what she described as, “pretty heavy feet moving around outside.” She was so frightened she hid under the bed and waited an hour before venturing outside. She saw huge footprints in the ground around her cabin measuring 45 cm (nearly 18 inches) long by 30 cm (nearly 12 inches) wide.
- A couple weeks after the cabin incident, two young teenage girls were skinny dipping in a pond in that area. They began to hear someone or something moving through the dense undergrowth ringing the shore. They called out to the culprit but received no reply. The girls moved closer to shore when a huge creature suddenly rose up in front of them. Tina, age 15, said, “It resembled an ape but it was uglier and very large.” Her friend Petra, age 16, added that it had a terrible stench and growled at them while pounding its chest. The girls swam ashore downstream then ran, naked, at full speed until they reached Petra’s house and reported the incident to her father. He thought they must have seen a bear, but the girls were adamant that what they saw was more human-like and definitely not a bear.
- South of Bollnasin, Sweden, Mrs. Gustavsson and her husband saw the Swedish Bigfoot and heard it several times. They claim that they found its droppings. “It came quite close to our cabin and would kind of howl in the moonlight with a voice that reminded us of a human with a bass, very, very deep. We saw it more like a silhouette against the sky and it never came so close so we could identify it properly,” said Mrs. Gustavsson. She also claimed they heard it whistle on several occasions, only to be answered by presumably another Bigfoot farther off. Mr. Gustavsson investigated the area during the daytime and found huge footprints and what he believed were more of its droppings. He said, “Its droppings reminded me of human excrement and first I thought that it was but they were left in such places a human never would go and I always found it in the area where we had seen this creature.”
It’s hard to make sense of any of this because we don’t know the people involved, we can’t see what the areas look like where Bigfoot was reported, we don’t have any DNA evidence which could have come from the droppings, and who was the radio reporter?
Still, the stories are compelling. There may be some truth in these reports, and they do seem to fit the behavior of Bigfoots as we know it. I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt and send a proper research team to all these areas of Sweden.
Speaking of which …
Siberian Yeti Expedition
In the Fall of 2011, a team of scientists from Russia, Canada, the United States, Estonia, and Sweden gathered in Russia for a Yeti Conference. They shared information, stories, and ideas for a while, then set off on the expedition to find the Russian Yeti.
The claim goes that after a few days of searching for the beast, they found a cave in western Siberia that contained what looked like a huge nest with telltale signs that a Yeti had been there. They found clumps of hair, large footprints, and a bed made from sticks and leaves.
The discovery ignited a media frenzy worldwide (I didn’t hear about it!), and caused many Bigfoot fans from around the world to travel to Siberia in search of the Yeti. Apparently former Russian heavyweight boxer Nikolai Valuyev searched for the Yeti in the area near the cave where he found footprints and many broken branches. He eventually went home without having actually seen the creature.
The photo to the right shows Dr Jeff Meldrum, a professor at Idaho State University, studying a cave with a supposed Yeti nest. I don’t know if that means he was on this Siberian Expedition or not. If he was, it would lend more credibility to the claim as far as I’m concerned. As it is, this could all just be hearsay and overactive imaginations, and people jumping to conclusions.
Also, if they found hair and other “evidence” where are the reports from the scientific tests that should have been done? They’re scientists after all, they would be all about testing and verifying evidence.
I do believe in Bigfoot and many of his cousins around the world. I think it’s absolutely possible that they could be living in Sweden, and also in Siberia. But as always, it’s going to take firm research and documentation to prove to the world at large that this creature exists. I’m still waiting for that day. What do you think?
Til the next time!