There are more wild animals than you would expect in the Monterey area. The obvious ones are the sea lions and otters in the Bay, which have their dangers if you decide to jump in and wrestle with them. Other animals you might see include the raccoons all over downtown and the deer in Pacific Grove. Raccoons could carry diseases such as rabies and the deer might put a little dent in the hood of your car.
At Point Pinos, we also saw a sign announcing that mountain lions had been spotted in the area. Their advice: don't run, don't stand still, don't yell, don't be quiet, don't approach, don't retreat, don't hike alone, don't hike with children...basically the only thing they can offer is fight a mountain lion if you see it. Woo hoo! Just like Davie Crockett.