Key Deer Boulevard Topo Map

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The Keys is an amazing place, but probably one of the most peculiar locations is Big Pine Key, which marks the beginning of the National Key Deer Refuge. It may be the only refuge dedicated anywhere to the white-tail deer, although definitely a diminutive variety of it. An estimated 200 to 400 of the animals, which weigh no more than a large dog, survive on a handful of islands in this region. The population was reduced to only about 50 animals in the 1940s; hunting and development had eliminated the rest. The refuge was established in 1957. Key deer are considered a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer. It’s believed they probably migrated to the Keys from the mainland thousands of years ago during the last glacial age when a land bridge existed. Rising water then isolated them. Key deer are genetically small and not stunted because of a limited food supply. No matter how much a Key deer is fed—and it is illegal for anyone to do just that—the animal will not grow larger than its relatives. Special Attractions: The chance to see the only deer of its size, in the wild.
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Big Pine Key, Florida

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