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1-2 hour old Key Deer Fawn, picture credit: CWRL-SIUC/Key Deer Protective Alliance
1-2 hour old Endangered Florida Key Deer Fawn
Photo courtesy of : Key Deer Protection Alliance

 

The Endangered Mammals of Florida

Black Bear Gray Bats Indigenous Key Deer Manatees Panther Red Wolf Whales

 

The Key Deer
Odocoileus virginianus clavium

 

The Florida Key Deer is the smallest Deer in the United States.

 It is a sub-species of the white tailed Deer and

is believed to be found only in the Florida Keys.

 

Key Deer range in height from 25-35 inches

and weigh between 45-75 pounds,

with the females being at the smaller numbers.

They can swim between the Islands where they are found.

A Florida Key Deer Fawn
A Florida Key Deer Fawn
Photo credit:
NPS

 

Safe drinking water on the Islands is scarce and is a constant problem for them.

Their numbers range broadly between 300-800 and

have been as few as 25 in the past.

A Florida Key Deer
A Florida Key Deer
Photo credit: Paul Frank/USFWS

 

70% of Key Deer deaths come from cars and there are

signs posted everywhere in their known habitats,

with up to date car death numbers for all to see.

The Keys traffic is a big problem for Key Deer
Key Deer are on the roads everywhere
Photo credit: “Copyright Larry Korhnak”

 

After seeing these fragile, delicate creatures in the Keys,

their fate is of an even more personal nature now.

A Florida Key Deer Fawn
A Florida Key Deer Fawn
Photo Credit: Wiki

 

They roam with little fear through yards and grassy areas

grazing on their favorite food of mangrove, as well as other

not so digestible plant life and are treasured by most of the locals.

Florida Key Deer
Florida Key Deer Mother and Fawn
Photo credit: John Oberheu/USFWS

 

The encroachment of civilization on their already small habitat,

along with traffic and dogs are the major threats to the deer numbers.

Florida Key Deer
A Florida Key Deer Fawn
Photo credit: USFWS

 

Population stability for the Endangered Key Deer may be difficult to

achieve however, because speed reduction, seen as the most 

effective way to stop the road deaths, will not be popular  

in an area with extremely heavy tourist traffic year round.

 


Places to learn more:

 

CNN

Growing Population Rivals Endangered Key Deer

 

Defenders of Wildlife

Key Deer

 

Florida Environment.com

Florida's Key Deer on the Rebound

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

National Key Deer Refuge - Wildlife Viewing

 

Florida Keys Parks and Beaches

National Key Deer Refuge

 

GORP

National Key Deer Refuge

 

Key Deer Protection Alliance

Working hard to save the Florida Key Deer

 

Museum of Science - Miami

The Key Deer Through the Eyes of a Child

 

National Wildlife Federation

Court Upholds Protection for Endangered Key Deer 

What's Killing the Key Deer

 

Texas A & M

Key Deer Research Project

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Key Deer Refuge

Key Deer - Species Report

 

 


 

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