(zoology) Pairing; the period of time when certain ungulates mate.
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Rutting Sentence Examples
The old males, however, live alone except in the rutting season, which occurs in October, when they join the herds, driving off the younger bucks, and engaging in fierce contests with each other, that often end fatally for one at least of the combatants.
Like our Scottish stags at the rutting season, they roar loudest in cold frosty nights; but on no occasions are their voices to be heard in such perfection, or so intensely powerful, as when two or three troops of strange lions approach a fountain to drink at the same time.
Most memorable of all was the cry of the rutting male impala.
This holiday offers a blend of spectacular autumn landscapes, pictorial nature photography and rutting red deer.