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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.

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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    How does a bobcat protect itself?

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    According to the National Trappers Association, bobcats defend themselves with their retractable claws and teeth. The bobcat's claws extend when it feels threatened or if it is climbing or stalking prey. Bobcats have 28 teeth, four of which are canine teeth that can shred meat into sizes that can be swallowed whole, negating the need to chew food.

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    How fast can a bobcat run?

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