Whether you want to track them or steer clear of them, you should be able to recognize signs that bears are in the area. Here are some tips on what to look for to track bears.
Bears often follow deer trails and forest roads, but some trails are used mainly by bears.
Whether climbing trees for nuts, fruits and flowers or pulling down branches, black bears leave abundant evidence of their feeding activity.
Stones overturned? You've found sign of a black bear looking for insects.
One way bears leave scent is by straddling saplings and bushes as they walk.
Black bears bite trees to leave messages for other bears so they tend to be in conspicuous locations.
Look for droppings on hiking trails, in wildlife corridors, along logging roads and in areas where you have found other bear sign.
Utility "trees" are favorites for marking.
Black bears shred logs and stumps looking for ants and grubs.
Bears rub against trees and brush to leave each other scent messages.
Bears feed on high fat/protein hornet brood.
Bears create comfortable places for resting and sleeping.
Winter shelters for black bears.