Endemic Corsican fauna: The Mouflon (mountain sheep)
The Corsican mouflon is a subspecies (Ovis aries / orientalis musimon), endemic to Corsica and Sardinia.
Patience must be practised in order to perceive them hiding in the mountains, especially in the Cintu and Bavella reserves – currently, the population is estimated between 500/1000 animals.
According to F. Poplin in 1979, and taken up by Vine (1992), the species was not present in Corsica before the Neolithic, therefore, the Corsican mouflon should be considered as a sheep (domesticated from two subspecies of western mouflon), brought by farmers to Corsica and Sardinia and returning to the wild – a process of undomestication.
Thus, he would have reacquired characteristics closer to his distant and wild cousins.
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