There were points along each of our 4 hikes, where we had the feeling that something was in the bush, watching us pass and at times it was a bit unnerving. Oh sure, we had our bear spray, but you still do not want to surprise any animal as you are out walking.
We were sure to make noise as we walked. I whistled and talked and from time to time, my Patty would give the Bob and Doug McKenzie “hoser” cheer, “Coo roo coo coo, coo coo coo coo”. All being said, we never encountered a visible dangerous animal, so I’m gonna say my Patty kept us safe.
However, on our 3rd day of hiking (Overlander Trail West), we were about half way back to the car, when we stopped, because we could hear some branches snapping. Nervously, Patty let out the “hoser” cheer and the answer back was a low growl. We looked at each other, as if to say, “Did you hear that?” We then began a hasty retreat away from the area, Pat keeps reminding me that I was faster, I was gone before she could start to move and oh, yeah, I had the bear spray. We had seen the notice that a fox was in the area and was approaching humans, so thought we may have been close to its den. Googling growls later, it sounded more like a coyote than a fox. But, who knows, coulda been my stomach.
Still, in all, we saw plenty of signs that animals were around.
either signs of numerous rodent burrows or of the passage of hoofed animals in forest vegetation on Overlander Trail East
This next slideshow is the scat we saw along the trail. We believe at least the first two of these were bear and the smaller white example is likely from a coyote or fox that tends to eat small animals whole. The fur passes through the digestive tract. Sorry about all this shit.
We did finally see a bear, long after we left Jasper National Park. As we were driving along 16 East, we saw this black shape running across the road and wondered what kind of dog it was, before realizing it was a black bear. At the speed he was moving to avoid the speeding cars, we would not want to encounter him on a trail.