Could this bobcat be the soon to be mother of the kittens we’ve been following from infancy to adolescence? The timing is right.
Could this be the father of the kittens? He’s the only male we’ve caught on the 3 cameras. I count the spots and stripes on the inside of his legs.
Our cameras have been fortunate to watch these kittens grow from infants to adolescents. This is one of the first videos we have of the little family. Originally there were three–but only two have survived.
Feeding a growing family.
We’re not sure what kind of animal the bobcat has caught. Looks like a mink or a weasel, but probably isn’t. Could likely be a ferret–an escaped pet. Ferrets are illegal to have as pets in California.
Watch how mom uses her tail to communicate to her kittens that they should follow her. Check out the color of the underside of her tail–it’s white, easy for the kittens to see. Usually this tail signal is accompanied by a sharp chirping.
The bobcat kittens are finally hunting on their own… no help from mum. Note how they don’t share.
Noise impacts wildlife. In addition to adjusting to a shrinking habitat and people traipsing the trails, sensitive ears need to become accustomed to loud noises. If you listen carefully, you will hear mom chirping to her kittens to follow her.
We’ve been watching these kittens for about 5 months–in a couple of months or so mum will evict them.
A sweet way to end 2018. The two maturing bobcat kittens continue to learn survival skills. Play is an important learning tool, helping to teach and hone hunting techniques as well as developing coordination and social skills. In a few months they will be ready to live on their own.
The two bobcat siblings we’ve been watching for the last 5-6 months are spending more time away from their mom. It’s so fun to watch them develop. Although they’re becoming more independent, they stick together in their mom’s home range. They’re still too young to disperse. Look how big they’ve gotten! They’re so cute—the smaller one still lags behind.
The cameras first filmed this mountain lion in March of 2018.