The French term for coursing, "parforce," means "with force." This type of hunting is a form of persistence hunting. It was particularly popular with European nobles in the 17th and 18th centuries. A trained pack of hounds pursued deer, foxes, wolves, or wild boar, while the hunters accompanied them on horses. This type of hunting became popular particularly through the French court, as there were ideal conditions for coursing in France. There, it is called "chasse à courre," and is still sometimes practiced today.