Have you ever heard a piercing scream at night in the woods? Perhaps that sound was from a bobcat rather than your rowdy neighbor. Bobcats are most vocal during breeding season, which runs from January to August. Kittens are born about two months after adults mate, with most offspring arriving in April and May.
The mother brings tasty treats like rabbits, rodents, small deer and birds to the den until the young venture out on their own at about 8 months old. Although bobcats are predators, they sometimes fall prey to coyotes and even humans during Georgia’s winter trapping season.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.