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  National Key Deer Refuge | Southeast Region
Key deer population may have reached a low of 27 in 1957 and have rebounded to approximately 800 today.
The last scientific study of the Key deer, part of a 3-year study, was completed in 2000 at which time the entire population of the Key deer is estimated to between 700 and 800.
The Key deer are the smallest of the 28 subspecies of Virginia white-tailed deer.
www.fws.gov /nationalkeydeer   (668 words)

  
 Everglades-Key Deer
The Key Deer is related to the Virginia white-tailed deer.
The Key deer are the smallest of all the white-tailed deer.
Key Deer feed on native plants, such as red, fl, and white mangrove, thatch palm berries, and over 150 different kinds of plants that grow in the Keys.
www.miamisci.org /ecolinks/everglades/keydeerinfo.html   (370 words)

  
 Key Deer and their habitat in the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge - Big Pine & Lower Florida Keys
The Key Deer, member of a sub-species of the Virginia white-tailed deer, is found nowhere else in the world.
The first documented mention of the Key Deer was in the memoirs of Hernando Escalante Fontanada, a 13-year-old Spanish sailor who was on his way to Spain from Cartagena, and was shipwrecked near "Cayo Vaca", the mordern-day Marathon area.
Key Deer are herbivores and spend about half of their time searching for and eating leaves from plants of their choice, like red, fl, and white mangroves, hibiscus, and gumbo limbo, as well as berries from the thatch palm.
www.floridakeysparadise.com /lowerkeys/keydeer.htm   (810 words)

  
 GORP - Introduction - National Key Deer Refuge, Florida
The Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) is a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer.
Key deer can tolerate small amounts of salt in their water and they will also drink brackish water, but fresh water is also essential for their survival.
The earliest mention of Key deer is found in the memoirs of Fontaneda, a shipwrecked Spaniard held captive by the local Indians.
gorp.away.com /gorp/resource/us_nwr/fl_natio.htm   (760 words)

  
 Key Deer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Key Deer is a subspecies of white tailed deer.
Scientists believe white tailed deer migrated to the Keys during the last ice age, when the glaciers were a continuous ridge of land.
The glaciers receded and became islands and the deer became isolated from the mainland and evolved to be smaller in order to adapt to limited resources.
www.starbreezes.com /11/keydeer.html   (421 words)

  
 Wildlife Viewing - Species Spotlight - Key Deer
The Key deer is a subspecies of the white-tailed deer and is only found in the keys of southern Florida.
Key deer feed on over 160 species of plants including the native red, fl and white mangroves and thatch palm berries.
Key deer can be found foraging in yards and on the sides of most roads where they eagerly approach people and slow moving vehicles for hand-outs.
www.floridaconservation.org /viewing/species/keydeer.htm   (379 words)

  
 Key Deer and their habitat in the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge - Big Pine & Lower Florida Keys
It is thought that they came to the Keys from the mainland across a long land bridge and were isolated from their relatives, somewhere from 6,000 to 12,000 years ago, when the Wisconsin Glacier melted.
The first documented mention of the Key Deer was in the memoirs of Hernando Escalante Fontanada, a 13-year-old Spanish sailor who was on his way to Spain from Cartagena, and was shipwrecked near "Cayo Vaca", the mordern-day Marathon area.
Key Deer are herbivores and spend about half of their time searching for and eating leaves from plants of their choice, like red, fl, and white mangroves, hibiscus, and gumbo limbo, as well as berries from the thatch palm.
www.floridakeys.com /lowerkeys/keydeer.htm   (810 words)

  
 Florida Keys Guest House and Spa- Big Pine Key Florida B&B, Beachfront Lodging
Big Pine Key is home to the Key Deer, small deer on the endangered species list.
While you're at Deer Run, you may choose to relax in our lounge chairs, bask in the sun, sit beneath the Dilly and palm trees while watching the Key Deer stroll the beach, or soak in the beachfront spa.
Key West is 30 miles away for active nightlife, museums, live theater, and more.
www.deerrunfloridabb.com   (377 words)

  
 Key Deer Information
The shoulder height of Key deer is between 24-32 inches.
Key deer can tolerate small amounts of salt water, but fresh water is essential for their survival.
It is believed that the deer migrated to the keys from the mainland many thousands of years ago, across a long land bridge.
www.keysdirectory.com /keydeer   (440 words)

  
 Defenders of Wildlife - Habitat & Highways Campaign
The population began to recover after the National Key Deer Refuge was established on Big Pine Key in 1957.
Key deer are the diminutive cousin of Virginia white-tailed deer, standing a mere 2 - 2 ½ feet tall at the shoulder and weighing only 45-75 pounds.
Currently, FDOT is working with the National Key Deer Refuge and the Fish and Wildlife Service to install wildlife crossings under US-1 to allow deer to move safely to habitat on either side.
www.defenders.org /habitat/highways/new/target/keydeer.html   (550 words)

  
 Florida's Key Deer Rebounding   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The key deer is the smallest subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer.
Scientists at the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge are trying to establish those two new populations on some of the deer's historic habitat, nearby Sugarloaf and Cudjoe keys, just south of Big Pine.
About half of the total key deer mortality is highway deaths, and half of those deaths happen on U.S. 1, the main road through the Florida Keys, even though a 4-mile stretch of the road through Big Pine Key is a slow speed zone -- 45 mph in daylight and 35 mph at night.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu /fish/southflorida/news/keydeers2004.html   (701 words)

  
 florida key deer, key deer, toy deer, white-tail deer, florida keys, linda lee rathbun
By the late 1800s, the Key Deer was considered a desirable source of food, and the impact on its small population was catastrophic.
Happily for the Key Deer, the action worked, largely due to a cartoon by Jay N. "Ding" Darling that depicted a callous hunting scene and drew national attention to "The Last of the Toy Deer of the Florida Keys", as Mr.
Deer that are fed associate man with food and loose their natural (and justified) fear of humans.
www.naturalwanders.com /floridakeydeer.htm   (1977 words)

  
 National Key Deer Refuge National Wildlife Refuge
When the refuge was established, Key deer were on the brink of extinction with less than 50 deer remaining as a result of uncontrolled hunting and habitat loss.
Key deer are endangered because the population is isolated and confined to a small geographic area.
The National Key Deer Refuge focuses management efforts on maintaining regional biodiversity that is necessary to sustain the diverse assemblages of flora and fauna.
refuges.fws.gov /profiles/index.cfm?id=41580   (561 words)

  
 Project Overview
The overall affect of urban development on the Key deer population is largely unknown.
Key deer feed on native plants such as red, fl and white mangroves, thatch palm berries and over 150 other species of plants.
Key deer can tolerate small amounts of salt in their water and they will also drink brackish water, but fresh water is essential for their survival.
apc.tamu.edu /keydeer/overview.htm   (822 words)

  
 Sherpa Guides | Florida | Florida Keys & Everglades | The Lower Florida Keys | Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge
As the human population in the Keys increased in the mid-1800s to late-1800s, much of the deer's wooded habitat was cleared for timber and farming.
Like most wildlife, the deer are most easily seen early in the morning and in early evening when they come out of the forests to eat and drink at ponds and water holes.
Deer accustomed to human food are more likely to wander onto highways and onto private property, where they're frequently attacked by dogs while feeding on shrubbery and gardens.
www.sherpaguides.com /florida/lower_keys/key_deer_nwr.html   (4051 words)

  
 FLORIDA KEYS PARKS AND BEACHES - KEY DEER REFUGE
It is believed that the Key deer migrated to the Keys from the mainland thousands of years ago.
The Key deer are a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer and are the smallest of all white-tailed deer.
The shoulder height of the Key deer is between 24 - 28 inches.
thefloridakeys.com /parks/deer.htm   (259 words)

  
 Children Big Pine & the Lower Keys Florida Keys Official Tourism Site
The evening sightseeing is also excellent for birds and Key deer.
This is a nice stop on the way from dinner or while viewing Key deer.
It is a nice spot to show children the shallow-water, flats habitat of the Keys.
www.fla-keys.com /lowerkeys/children.cfm   (477 words)

  
 Big Pine & the Lower Keys Florida Keys Official Tourism Site
Here, you can snorkel or dive over the Looe Key coral reef, ride a bicycle through Key Deer country, or take a fishing adventure in the back country or troll the deep blue waters beyond the reef.
In fact, the uninhabited Saddlebunch Keys are a network of sandy lagoons and mangrove islands that make the jaunt a memorable one, especially at sunset.
Snorkeling in the Keys is stellar at spectacular reefs teeming with abundant sea life.
fla-keys.com /lowerkeys   (574 words)

  
 Differentdawn.com: Key Deer
The Key Deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) is a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer, and are the smallest of all white-tailed deer.
These tiny deer are not found anywhere else in the world and are thought to have migrated to the Keys from the mainland around ten thousand years ago, across a long land bridge that has long since been flooded.
Key Deer feed on native plants such as fl, red and white mangrove, thatch palm berries, and over 60 different plants that grow in the Keys.
www.differentdawn.com /animals/keydeer.html   (736 words)

  
 What's Killing the Key Deer? - National Wildlife Magazine
The Key deer has been at the center of such controversies for at least 60 years, dating to a time when uncontrolled hunting was wiping out the species.
Scientists speculate that white-tailed deer arrived in the Keys during the most-recent ice age, when seas were lower and the Keys were not islands but a continuous ridge of land.
Thus, Key deer, at maturity, stand about 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh a maximum of only 80 pounds for males and 63 pounds for females, roughly half the weight of the average northern continental whitetail.
www.nwf.org /search/searchResult.cfm?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Enwf%2Eorg%2Fnationalwildlife%2Farticle%2Ecfm%3Fissueid%3D53%26articleid%3D624&title=What%27s%20Killing%20the%20Key%20Deer%3F%20%2D%20National%20Wildlife%20Magazine&queryString=ranger   (2693 words)

  
 Florida Key Deer...The Even-Toed Ungulate
The Key deer may be referred to as having a cloven hoof (ungulate) with two toes.
Key deer along with other orders of Artiodactyla are known for their cud chewing based upon a symbiotic relationship that exists with deer and the bacteria and protozoa found in the first chamber (rumen) because of the inability to digest cellulose.
Key deer are restricted to Monroe County, Florida and reside predominantly on the Lower Keys of; Big Pine (5,997 acres), Big Torch, Cudjoe, Howe, Little Pine, Little Torch, Middle Torch, No Name (998 acres), Sugarloaf, and Summerland.
jrscience.wcp.muohio.edu /fieldcourses01/PapersMarineEcologyArticles/FloridaKeyDeer...TheEven-.html   (1903 words)

  
 Key Deer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
When the key deer is born it weighs between 3 to 4 pounds.
The key deer females reach their maximum weight of 45-65 pounds between four to five years of age.
The key deer's main diet is made up of a variety of plants which include: red mangrove, fl mangrove, apes-earring, Indian mulberry, Florida silverpalm, brittle thatch palm and pencilflower.
www.orecity.k12.or.us /ochs/departments/science/species/key_deer.html   (935 words)

  
 Key deer - Odocoileus virginianus clavium - ARKive
The Key deer is the smallest subspecies of the white-tailed deer in North America, and is sometimes called ‘toy deer' due its small size.
The coat colour ranges from deep reddish brown to grey, and a dark mask or cross is often present between the eyes and on the brow.
The Key deer was first recognised as a distinct subspecies in 1922.
www.arkive.org /species/GES/mammals/Odocoileus_virginianus_clavium   (135 words)

  
 Florida's Key Deer on the Rebound: Florida Environment radio
Tiny key deer -- a doe is shown here with her fawn -- have grown in number as a result of three decades of protection.
Key Deer refuge administrator Susan White says the deer also benefit from urban development as a result of landscaping (Susan White, Acting Deputy Project Leader, Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges, and National Key Deer Refuge)...
Virtually all of the Key Deer herd is found on two islands in the Florida Keys.
www.floridaenvironment.com /programs/fe00306.htm   (1263 words)

  
 Florida Keys Treasures - Key Deer
The Key deer population dropped to less than 50 animals in the 1940s.
If you see an antlered Key Deer run across the road, while you are driving, slow down and watch for the stronger stag who will be chasing the first out of his territory.
Even though white-tailed deer are abundant in the wild, Westhusin said in a statement the creation of Dewey could prove helpful in preserving endangered species such as Florida's Key deer.
floridakeystreasures.com /creatures/keydeer   (450 words)

  
 The Knot - USA & Canada: Florida - The Keys | Sailing, Sea Breeze & Spicy Conch Chowder
Mother Nature: Just north of Key West are the Lower Keys, a natural bonanza that include the Bahia Honda State Park, home to one of America's most beautiful beaches; Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary; and the National Key Deer and Great White Heron Wildlife Refuges.
The star of this area is the adorable Key Deer (a smaller and fuzzier version of mainland deer) that can swim between islands to forage for food.
Key Largo: Highlights on the largest Key include John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary, home to 55 types of coral, more than 500 different species of fish, and a 9-foot bronze Christ of the Deep statue.
www.theknot.com /ch_article.html?Object=A10104171855&keywordID=186&keywordType=2&parentID=534   (539 words)

  
 Florida Key Deer
The Florida Key Deer is the smallest race of North American deer.
The female Key Deer has a home range of about 138 acres while the male has a home range that averages 299 acres and increases during breeding season.
In the 1940's and 1950's an important factor for decreasing the Key Deer population was probably over hunting with dogs and jacklights.
filebox.vt.edu /users/lbeers/key_deer.htm   (665 words)

  
 EDUCATION PLANET: 143 Deer sites
Key Deer Dilemma: Encroachment - find out why this species of deer is at risk, from National Geographic.
Key deer, only about two feet (0.6 meter) tall at the shoulder, occur only in the lower Florida Keys, and are a subspecies of the white-tailed deer.
Deer ticks feed mostly on deer, cattle, and other large animals, but they will feed on people when they get a chance.
www.educationplanet.com /search/Science/Animals/Mammals/Deer?startval=30   (455 words)

  
 SOFIA Kid's Page - Critters - White-tailed Deer
White-tailed deer have a long tail that is white on the underside.
White-tailed deer are found in forests, fields and swamps throughout the state of Florida and throughout the United States.
The Key deer is a smaller variety of the white-tailed deer.
sofia.usgs.gov /virtual_tour/kids/critters/deer.html   (197 words)

  
 Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce FL- Florida Keys Chamber of Commerce- Lower Keys Information
One natural attraction not to be missed is the diminutive Key Deer.
Seeing is believing the diminutive species of deer known as the Key Deer that's protected at this refuge.
Because the Lower Keys are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, we are lucky enough to have both incredible sunsets AND wonderful sunrises.
www.lowerkeyschamber.com /landactivities.htm   (771 words)

  
 Key Deer Boulevard | Florida Hikes
Preview: 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.
Key deer are considered a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer.
Key deer are genetically small and not stunted because of a limited food supply.
www.trails.com /tcatalog_trail.asp?trailid=HGD040-172   (233 words)

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