Breeding seasons from the missouri depatment of co

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Post  southernlures on Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:52 pm

This is information from the missouri department of conservation.

Beaver- Beavers usually mate for life, and breed in January. The three to five kits are born in spring and stay with the colony for nearly two years.

Possum- Young: Up to 14 per litter; gestation of 13 days, sometimes with two litters per year. Entire litter may fit in a teaspoon-born blind and naked.

Muskrats- The muskrat is prolific, and may have up to three litters during the summer. The first litter, sometimes 12 to 15, are born in March, and can have their own litter before fall arrives. If a pair of muskrats and their offspring all survived to breed as soon as possible, they could produce over 600 muskrats in just 2 years.

Racoon- Raccoons mate in January and three or four young are born in April or May. Family groups are quite sociable and often den together throughout the fall.

Coyotes- Although the coyote will only have one mate per year and may mate with the same coyote in successive years, they may not mate for life. Coyotes breed in late winter and whelp four to nine pups in an excavated den in late April or early May. Pups will stay with the parents until they are six to nine months old. Coyotes communicate with a variety of barks, yips and howls, and sometimes an entire litter will chime in. Urine and feces are also used to communicate, especially in maintenance of territories. Sarcoptic mange is common among coyotes in some years.


Bobcats- Breeding takes place in midwinter, and two to three kittens are born in April or May. Young bobcats usually disperse at 9 to 12 months of age. Male bobcats cover large territories, sometimes as much as 40 square miles.

Mink- Females have one litter per year consisting of three to four young. Pesticide contamination can prevent reproduction, and feline distemper is known to cause some mortality.

otter- Females whelp two to five young, usually in February or March, commonly using abandoned beaver dens.

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