25. THINK GREEN FOR BLACK BEARS In the spring, black bears will seek out lush vegetation such as grass, clover, dandelions and other plants as soon as they emerge from their winter dens. Start hunting high, where bears follow the receding snowfields to find food. Check out areas that look greener than others, and look for fresh droppings. If you find fresh sign, make sure to be there late in the afternoon, when bears are most active.