Not just chamois and ibex
All six ungulate species present in the Alps are found in the Maritime Alps Nature Park: as well as chamois, ibex and roe deer, we also find boar, red deer and mouflon. These animals are known as "ungulates" because they walk on hooves, which are transformed claws.
Boar, mouflon and deer arrived in the protected area in more or less recent times through direct or indirect human action.
Cinghiale, Cervo, Muflone (8 foto)
Wild boar (Sus scrofa) have been seen in the area since the 1930s, they probably migrated here because of forest fires in the Dauphiné region of France and today are common throughout the valleys up to 2000 m.
Mouflon (Ovis musimon), a Mediterranean species, whose taxonomy is still under discussion, was reintroduced for hunting purposes at the middle of the last century, in what was at that time the Boréon hunting reserve (France), it then migrated to the Italian side of the Alps. The population has fallen in recent years since the arrival of wolves who find mouflon a choice prey.
The reintroduction of red deer (Cervus Elaphus) was more recent, this took place in the Alpine Hunting Districts and Reserves close to the protected area: the deers' range has now expanded to occasionally include part of the Park.
An unmistakeable outline and an unrivalled elegance as it runs over rocks and snow, the chamois has been the symbol of Alpi Marittime Nature Park for over 30 years.
After risking extinction, today ibex are again permanent residents on our mountains.
Roe deer are the smallest wild ungulates in the Alps, a familiar but fleeting presence.