SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS SF) — Brown leaves and cooler temperatures are typical indicators that winter is around the corner.

But for one South Lake Tahoe neighborhood, the turning of the seasons is observed through a chunky bear who was spotted by Tahoe Daily Tribune photographer Jennifer Heiden last Saturday afternoon.

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The bear’s legs are barely visible, leading some residents to assume it’s a she, and that she is very pregnant. Or is just perfectly plump and prepared to spend the next several months hibernating in a nearby den. And with a storm system expected to drop some heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada this weekend, that may not be such a bad idea.

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(Jennifer Heiden/Tahoe Daily Tribune)

(Jennifer Heiden/Tahoe Daily Tribune)

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