Mountain lions used to be rarely spotted in town, but people living out in the sticks would have them come around from time to time. That has changed; now they are likely to be seen in many residential areas around our town. Now when I ride my bike near any forested area, I feel somewhat vulnerable. When I go out cutting firewood, I almost always carry a sidearm.
I did see a mountain lion at one of the local golf courses a couple of times, but it lived there. It was the caretakers pet.
The only encounter I remember was with a couple of bobcats. I was on my motorcycle up in the woods and came across two cats. One took off right away, but the other one just stood there and checked me out. I didn’t quite know what to do , because this cat wasn’t the least bit afraid of me. I got the feeling it was trying to decide whether I was something it would like to eat. I thought about turning around and making an exit, but the idea of turning my back to that animal didn’t seem right. After a very uncomfortable few minutes of revving my engine and trying to act aggressive, the cat finally turned and sauntered away. When I passed by the brush where the cat left the road, I was on the throttle and didn’t look back.