Throughout the summer Leonard and I watched a mother bobcat and her two kittens as they prowled around our property. The kittens now are venturing out on their own, but do not appear to have totally left the mother. I got this photograph of one kitten, determined by its size, in one of our pastures near Lookout CA (Modoc County).
Bobcats (Lynx rufus) prefer rocky, brushy areas for raising their young. Dens are located in a protected cavity or cave among rocks, in hollow trees or logs or occasionally in deep thickets. This young bobcat was, we believe, raised in the rocky area near our house where we found a bobcat den.
Approximately 62 days after breeding 1 to 4 kittens (average of 3) are born. The young can be born any time during the spring or summer, but usually in April. The babies are blind for about 10 days. After 3 months the kittens are weaned. Hunting with the mother begins about 5 months of age. Some research indicates that the juveniles leave the mother in the fall and other research reports the young bobcats leave the mother in the spring. Whichever, the juvenile bobcats leave the mother before she gives birth again the next year.
With luck there will be another litter for us to observe next year.