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.