Bobcats are named because of their bobbed off tail. Bobcats breed once a year in early spring. Females give birth to the kittens in approximately 60 to 70 days., so right around June 16 and after. Bobcats can have up to 6 kittens in a litter that will open their eyes after 10 days. They are weaned from the mother and begin eating solid food at 2 months. When the kitten reaches 5 months, the mother will start teaching her young to hunt for their own food. Once they reach 8 – 11 months old, they will begin to become more independent and leave the den of their youth.
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Bobcat Facts. 2016, www.coolkidfacts.com/bobcat-facts/
Post courtesy of Southland CAPS Project, Herndon Career Center, Raytown, MO