Large mammals such as tigers, bears, and lynx were once abundant throughout the Korean peninsula. However, many have disappeared due to human settlement, loss of forest habitat and over-hunting. The Siberian tiger has been hardly sighted in Republic of Korea. Bears and wildcats can still be found in the more remote areas, such as Jiri-san and Seorak-san.
Republic of Korea also has several indigenous species of deer, including the roe deer and the Siberian musk deer. Wild boars have been growing more common in recent years, thanks to reduced hunting pressure. One of the most interesting things about the Korean environment is the demilitarized zone(DMZ), a strip of land bordering between two Koreas. It has been untouched since 1953 so it has become a haven for wildlife, particularly migrating birds.