A tiny endangered deer lives only in the Florida Keys. Here's what we know about its fate. - The Washington Post

The Washington Post| Wed Sep 13 05:22:03 EDT 2017
A Key deer forages for food in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. The fate of the population following Hurricane Irma remains uncertain. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) If there were a contest to name the Florida Keys' most beloved animals, Hemingway's six-toed cats would probably claw their way to first place. But not far behind would be the Key deer, a petite and endangered species that has existed on the narrow island chain, and nowhere else, since the end of the last ice age. The deer have legions of fans, particularly among locals. Part of the appeal is their toylike size, about as big as large dogs, and part of it is their story. After poaching and habitat loss led to th..

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