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National Key Deer Refuge

28950 Watson Boulevard, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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    Arlo Hemphill
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    4 Nov 16, 2013

    One of my favorite stops on the drive south through the Florida Keys. These little deer were isolated from the mainland for generations, shrinking down to a dwarf version of their mainland cousins. They're cute and very approachable. Sometimes you have to drive around on lonely backroads of Big Pine Key until you find a group of them. But once you do, they're fairly sociable and don't really have fear of humans. Very fun wildlife interaction!

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    Rick V
    3 Nov 16, 2013

    The refuge including the Blue Hole, an abandoned limestone quarry from the Flagler Railroad days, is the largest body of fresh water in the Florida Keys and home to a variety of fish, alligators and turtles. The observation platform here is a good place to peer down at some of the quarry's inhabitants, or to watch the herons and hawks or perhaps a tiny Key Deer stopping by for a cool drink of water. These diminutive deer, usually weighing less than 75 lbs.and standing about 2 1/2 feet tall, are an endangered species, yet they can be spotted early morning and late afternoon between MM 31 adn MM 33.

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    Sylvia H
    5 May 29, 2013

    I love the key deer. They are so small and delicate looking. They are only found in this area.

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    Barbara C
    5 Apr 30, 2013
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    Pam Holliday
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    the deer there are very small

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    Beachcomber Kim
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    the deer walk right up and check you out.

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    Barry L
    3 Oct 06, 2013
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