Artemis was the protector of young animals and had the gift to tame wild animals. Her favorite animals were the deer and the wild pig.
Most of her time, Artemis was spending in wild surroundings, like meadows or forests, hunting for all kind of prey; that's why she was many times referred to as "Potnia Theron"("Mistress of the Animals").
During her hunt, Artemis was often accompanied by young maidens who loved to sing and dance around with the goddess. Sometimes, Artemis was also hunting together with mortals and was competing with them.