It is possible that on certain nature trails you might encounter mountain lions, bobcats, foxes, and other wild animals. You would be wise (in our view) to keep your dog AT ALL TIMES on a leash if you are going to wonder about Mission Trail Park and the 33 acre nature preserve that has about five miles of wooded trails. Keeping your hound(s) attached may also be logical as the area is full of small birds and squirrels.
IF YOU ENCOUNTER A MOUNTAIN LION: DO NOT FREAK OUT AS MOUNTAIN LIONS GENERALLY DO NOT ATTACK HUMANS.
Make yourself look big. Stay calm, face the lion and raise your arms to look as large as possible.
Give it a chance to leave. Never approach a lion that isn’t threatening you. Most big cats are calm and try to avoid confrontation. Back up slowly and be sure to give it a way to escape. KEEP IN MOTION - KEEP MOVING SLOWLY ARMS AND BODY: Immobility may be interpreted by the mountain lion as a sign that you are vulnerable prey. DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE THREAT.
ONLY IF IT LOOKS SET TO ATTACK:
Do NOT run away. Do NOT play dead.
Make your dog(s) bark. Make yourself and your dogs become a single huge mass of power. Scream and throw branches and twigs. Scream for help. Get others (force in numbers) to join you. And: Follow the guidance on this site for more detailed steps.
Further Reading: Find out about Mountain Lions