By the time the bears emerge for spring, they have to get ready to eat and poop normally.
So, they get rid of their fecal plug as soon as they leave their den.
"By the sixth or seventh month in the den, most of these bears defecate - usually near the den entrance," according to the North American Bear Center. "Fecal plugs have a light odor that is not unpleasant."
Watch a bear get ready for winter below:
And then watch some footage of them sleeping away the time: