Bergman determined that the bear was a separate subspecies after examining a hide (which had fur very different from other local bears) and series of footprints, measuring 14.5 x 10 inches, which he judged to be much larger than other bears on Kamchatka.
Some think that the Cold War may have helped the population to recover because the Soviet Military blocked access to the area in that time.
Interest in the bear was revitalized in the 1960s. Hunter Rodion Sivobolov reported claims by Kamchatka natives of an unusually large bear they called either the Irkuiem (roughly meaning "trousers pulled down" due to the appearance of the bear's hind legs), or the "God bear" due to its large size.
Some say that it might be a relict population of a the largest bear that ever lived. The Short Faced Bear or it could be an new unknown species of bear. It might even be a descendant or family relative to the Short Faced Bear who knows. It might even be a Cave Bear or something who knows.
So is there any questions to say about this Cryptid.
Edited by MysteryMike, 07 February 2009 - 12:24 AM.