Here is a Mountain Lion Story
At around 7:15 this morning, my dog met a mountain lion in the brush on the connector trail between Queen Esther Drive and Snowtop. The cat was about 3 switchbacks up from the bottom, and was within 30 yards of me. I did not see the cat, but he and my dog had an altercation. The cat was growling and making high pitched cat screaming noises. They were LOUD; I have never heard anything quite like it. My dog was going nuts barking, and I was screaming as loud as I could trying to get him to come back to me. Between my dog barking, and me screaming, the cat must have decided to take off. I was able to get my dog to come back to me. I am so thankful he didn’t chase, and he is unhurt.
I looked on-line, and cats that are that close to humans are probably tracking. My dogs and I had made a lot of noise on both the way up to the top of Snowtop and back, and that cat was really close. I have two 100 lb dogs (one was on a leash), and so that may have been lucky for me. Someone alone or with a smaller dog may have been in trouble.
Wilderness guy said making a lot of noise is the best thing to do and keep the dogs on leash.