It is still not clear if the family was brought so close to people by hunger as most locals believe or, as one account suggests, out of fear of being followed by an aggressive large male.
The animals are irritated because they are ready to leave the area and start hunting in the deep sea, but ice is too thin, said Malakhova.
Nearly 60 polar bears have been stranded on the Arctic coast near a remote village in Russia's Far East after warm winter weather hampered their hunting routine.
It is the first polar bear seen in the city in more than 40 years, according to local environmentalists.
Lame, exhausted and confused, the young male polar bear is far from his natural habitat to the north.