It's extremely rare to see a mountain lion, but recently residents of Sierra Madre have reported a rise in sightings.
Mountain lions are solitary animals that would rather not have contact with us if at all possible, but living close to the foothills and hiking through areas where mountain lions live; sightings of the big cats are on the rise. They prefer secluded areas where there's plenty of cover and abundant game, mainly deer and elk. In the absence of larger prey; they turn to smaller prey, such as, frogs, rabbits, raccoons, bats, rodents and pets (dogs and cats). Mountain lions hunt during the day and night, but are most active at sunrise and sunset.
If you see a mountain lion on or near the trail, immediately stop walking, biking or running. Back up slowly and carefully. Keep your eyes on the cat so he is aware you have seen him and you're ready to fight if necessary, but you should avoid direct eye contact. You want the cat to see you as a threat and not as prey. Do whatever you can to make yourself look bigger and show the cat you are a force to be reckoned with to intimidate him. Keep your voice calm and talk loudly to the cat.