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Bobcat Breeding Season

The peak of the Bobcat breeding season is in February and March.  During this time, males breed with as many females as possible.  Females actively announce their availability through cheek and body rubbing, as well as marking their territory with urine. Their loud and frequent vocalizations can also be heard.  Courtship includes the male and female Bobcat chasing and leaping on each other, which is followed by mating (up to 16 times daily for several days).

(Photo: This Bobcat was seen approaching the residence of two domesticated cats. While standing on its hind feet, it scratched the glass door repeatedly.  Possibly its vomeronasal organ, located at the roof of its mouth, allowed it to detect the indoor cats’ pheromones.) Thanks to Lucy Keefe who kindly alerted me as to the Bobcat’s presence.

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6 responses

  1. Alice

    Awww..cheek and body rubs…how affectionate! Bobcats are quite virile this time of year.

    February 24, 2023 at 8:26 am

  2. Gorgeous bobcat– great photo!

    February 24, 2023 at 8:28 am

  3. I’ve seen on a bobcat twice in the past couple of days on my early morning hike with my dog. Maybe because they’re more active during this time of mating.

    February 24, 2023 at 9:39 am

  4. Fantastic photo… wish I’d taken it!

    February 24, 2023 at 11:06 am

  5. Cheryl McKeough

    What a beautiful shot, Mary!

    February 24, 2023 at 2:31 pm

  6. Cordelia Merritt

    Mary, this sot is phenomenal – talking about gettingig the essence of an wild animal – ! you nailed it. Thanks Cheers Cordie


    February 28, 2023 at 9:51 pm

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