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What sounds does a bobcat make?

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Mostly a silent animal, bobcats are sometimes known to make sounds that include yowling, screaming, hissing, squealing and howling. Bobcats make more vocalizations during the annual mating season, which typically occurs between February and April.

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Bobcats are quiet and solitary animals, each living and hunting within their own territories. During breeding season, male bobcats use a variety of loud hissing and yowling sounds to court females. They may also chase and ambush the females, using body bumping to gain a female's attention and display strength and agility. Once the mating season ends, the bobcats return to their solitary lifestyles and are unlikely to vocalize unless they are threatened or challenged.

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