So what if most people don’t believe in a yeti monster? That is no excuse to not set up a research institute on an animal that could be fake. Siberian scientists at Kemerovo University are planning on doing just that. Their goal in setting up a so-called Yeti Institute is to prove that the yeti does, in fact, exist—something that cryptozoologists have been trying to accomplish for decades, if not longer.
Is it a waste of money? I would say yes, unless it ends up being more of a tourist attraction for the area than anything else. As much fun as cryptozoology is, resources are becoming scarcer everywhere these days—from fuel to food to even funds—and I don’t think this is really the best way to spend them, whether the college has them or not.
All of that said, it sounds like the biggest endeavor to really discover who or what bigfoot is, if it exists in the first place, and if something is discovered, it would definitely be one of the most amazing things we’ve seen in a few hundred years. So good luck, Kemerovo researchers; I hope your efforts will not be wasted in vain.