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Pressed to thin ESA ranks, USFWS quietly reassesses protections for endangered Florida Key deer

The last couple of years have not been kind to the endangered Key deer.

A grisly flesh-eating screwworm infected the planet’s only herd in the Lower Keys in 2016, killing nearly an eighth of the beloved dog-sized deer. Then came Hurricane Irma in September, which landed a direct blow to their habitat. And don’t forget the poachers, an inept duo who hog-tied and stuffed three deer in their car before police stopped them.


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