National Key Deer Refuge

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National Key Deer Refuge

Address:179 Key Deer Blvd
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Established: 1957.
Location:Florida Keys, about 30 miles northeast of Key West.
Facilities:Visitor contact station, viewing sites, hiking trails (é).
Activities:Boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, educational programs.
Special Features:The Key deer is the smallest of all white-tailed deer and is a species not found anywhere else in the world. In 1957, only 27 known deer existed. With the establishment of the refuge and intensive law enforcement efforts, the population has increased to about 800 deer.
Habitats: 84,351 acres of upland forest, shrub wetland and wetland marsh.
Access: Open during daylight hours.
Wild life: Key deer, a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer.

See other parks in Florida.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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Established in 1957, the 9,200-acre (3,723 hectares) National Key Deer Refuge changed the fate of its namesake.
The National Key Deer Refuge is a large expanse of mostly undeveloped pinelands and provides critical habitat for hundreds of endemic and migratory species including 17 federally listed species like Key deer, lower Keys marsh rabbits and silver rice rats.
While every job poses its own unique set of circumstances and challenges, underground boring throughout the National Key Deer Refuge created several obstacles of its own.
Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the National Key Deer Refuge; Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission; the Key Deer Protection Alliance; the public; and leading authorities on Key deer biology.
Barry Stieglitz, manager of the National Key Deer Refuge, readily admits that FWS has avoided critical habitat designation for political reasons, but he considers those reasons sound.
He was eventually hired by the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife (forerunner of the Fish and Wildlife Service) after the advent of the National Key Deer Refuge in 1957.
The National Key Deer Refuge has an active habitat management program that includes State and municipally owned lands as well as Service owned lands.

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