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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

The animals marked with an asterisk (in the French column) can be seen frequently in the Parc National du Mercantour.

English French Latin
Badger Blaireau Européen Meles meles
Beaver Castor d'Eurasie Castor fiber
Boar, Wild Sanglier Sus scrofa
Chamois Chamois, Isard * Rupicapra rupicapra
Deer Cerf * Cervus elaphus
Fox Renard Vulpes vulpes
Goat Chèvre Capra
Hare Lièvre variable Lepus timidus
Ibex Bouquetin * Capra ibex
Llama Lama Lama glama
Marten Martre Martes martes
Marten, Stone- (Beech-) Fouine Martes foina
Marmot Marmotte * Marmota marmota
Moufflon Mouflon * Ovis musimon
Polecat Putois Mustela putorius
Roe deer Chevreuil Capreolus capreolus
Stoat Hermine * Mustela erminea
Squirrel (red) Ecureuil roux * Sciurus vulgaris
Vole, Red Campagnol roussâtre Clethrionomys glareolus
Vole, Water Campagnol amphibie Arvicola sapidus
Weasel Belette Mustela nivalis
Wolf Loup * Canis lupis


Ermine is the name given to various species of weasel, particularly during the winter, when the fur is white. The name is applied especially to the stoat, which inhabits temperate and subarctic regions of Europe, North America, and Asia.

Stoat (Mustela erminea)
Long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata)
Least weasel (Mustela nivalis).

Skunk: The American striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis), which is commonly known as a polecat, is the French moufette, and is not found in the Beyond region.