Since then, agricultural abandonment has favored the extension of forest and the return of these herbivores and their predators, especially in the mountain ranges.
According to the National Office of Hunting and Wildlife, 70,000 chamois, 30,000 isards and 8,000 ibex populate the mountain parks and 150,000 deer, the entire forest of the country, with also great regional disparities.
If we must rejoice at this rise in numbers, the fact remains that our country has a natural area capable of supporting a population of deer probably greater than one million. (La lettre de Forêts sauvages – G. Cochet – Octobre 2008).
As for the chamois, ibex and mouflon populations, they could easily be doubled in national parks if they did not suffer unfair competition from domestic herds.