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Female Bobcats In Estrus

The peak of Bobcat breeding occurs in February and March.  Blood at the site of this scrape, where both feces and urine were deposited, confirms that a female bobcat is in estrus.  For the past few weeks she has been rubbing on bushes and stumps, urinating frequently in order to mark her territory and vocalizing frequently in order to advertise her coming availability.  Once estrus is approaching, pairs of bobcats engage in all kinds of antics, from chasing each other to jumping up and surprising each other.

The female indicates when she is receptive (as well as when she’s not) to an interested male. Although the actual mating is only about five minutes long, it is performed up to sixteen times a day for several days. (Photo by Mary Landon)

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