Polar bear at a walrus haulout with cliffs in Russia: Netflix scenario all over again?

In the news this morning is a report out of Russia that a team from WWF and a Russian documentary film crew were approached from the top of the cliff by a polar bear – at what looks suspiciously like the steepest part of the same Chukotka cliff that the infamous Netflix ‘Our Planet’ walrus video was filmed in 2017. The Netflix crew insisted that no polar bears were around when the walrus deaths occurred, despite strong evidence to the contrary (including a polar bear shown in the final seconds of the film!)

WWF and RT journalist fend off polar bear as they film walrus in Russia_13 Sept 2019 headline

Is the cliff above the same one we saw last year as walrus fell to a gruesome death on the rocks below, falsely blamed on lack of sea ice? It is mid-September, the same time of year as the 2017 walrus footage was filmed by the joint Netflix/WWF crew – and surprise, surprise, it looks like WWF are taking other filmmakers back for more of the same.

Or have they found another location with the same features?

Here is the original WWF Behind the Scenes video from the Netflix incident:

Here are the scant details provided [my bold]. There is also a short video at the link: RT 13 Sept 2019.

“Journalists from the RTDoc team have narrowly avoided a polar bear attack in the Russian tundra. The ferocious animal appeared right in front of the reporters as they filmed a documentary with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The crew of RT’s documentary channel, RTDoc, was out filming bears and walruses on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, when a large polar bear suddenly emerged on top of a slate hill, stunning the reporters. The journalists and their guide tried to fend off the animal as it stood just meters away, making loud noises and banging a spear against the rocks. The tactic seemed to work, as the bear left after a brief but intense standoff.”

See previous posts on the Netflix/WWF incidence here, here and here.

Polar bears are able to get to the top of the cliff at Kozhevnikova Cape (near Ryrkaypiy, marked by the red teardrop) by coming up the other side:

Kozhevnikova Cape with Ryrkaypiy aerial marked_Montford 15 April 2019 story

Here is another shot of bears at the cliff top closer to town (at a less steep part of the peninsula, near the “camera crew” location noted on the image above), from the Siberian Times news report in October 2018:

Polar bears on the cliff at Cape Kozhevnikov Maxim Deminov WWF from Siberian Times 2017

Finally, here is my video critique of the Netflix message that this was all the fault of climate change:

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