Why Florida Key Deer are Endangered
How Key Deer Became An Endangered Species
Traffic fatalities account for about 70 percent of the Key deer fatalities each year. It's a situation that isn't likely to improve.
1, the main thoroughfare through the Keys, is one of the roads
that bisects the refuge, and about half the fatalities happen along
this roadway despite a posted speed limit that is lower than on any
problem is that only 40 percent of Big Pine Key is protected habitat.
On a map, the island is revealed as a checkerboard of houses and businesses,
and development is planned. Some of the local developers would like
to turn Big Pine Key into another Key West.
Developers, interested only in dollar signs, and bureaucrats, who need a larger tax base to provide them more power, are always an unholy alliance where protecting nature is concerned. On Big Pine Key, the two factions clearly deserve to count their money together, in hell.
If the status of the Key deer is still precarious today,
at least it is far more secure than during the 1940s when only an estimated
50 animals remained.