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An endangered female Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL. One of the females lost an eye as an infant.

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An endangered female Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL.

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An endangered female Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL.

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An endangered female Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL.

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The endangered Florida Key deer’s cause wasn’t helped when developers found a loophole and put a housing development inside the Florida Key Deer NWR. The deer are hit and killed by motorists faster than they can reproduce.

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The endangered Florida Key deer’s cause wasn’t helped when developers found a loophole and put a housing development inside the Florida Key Deer NWR. The deer are hit and killed by motorists faster than they can reproduce.

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The endangered Florida Key deer’s cause wasn’t helped when developers found a loophole and put a housing development inside the Florida Key Deer NWR. The deer are hit and killed by motorists faster than they can reproduce.

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A road sign warns motorists to look out for the endangered Florida Key deer. The diminuitive animals are in decline because of habitat loss and being hit and killed by cars and trucks faster than they can reproduce.

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A road sign details the plight of the endangered Florida Key Deer on Big Pine Key, Florida. The diminuitive animals are being hit and killed by traffic faster than they can reproduce.

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Workers at the Key Deer NWR in Florida with an endangered Florida Key Deer. A housing development was built right through their habitat, and many, like the deer shown here, are hit and injured (and often killed) by motorists.

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