|Sunrise at Big Pine K|
The best time to view of is around sunrise and sunset. Although they can be seen at other times during the day. A big problem is illegal feeding of the deer and many deer have lost the fear of man. They feed along the roads and will approach you if you stop to photograph them looking for handouts.
|Key Deer came right up to me looking for a handout|
|Key Deer in Backyard|
"The Key deer are the smallest of the 28 subspecies of Virginia white-tailed deer. Bucks range from 28-32” at the shoulder and weigh an average of 80 lbs. Does stand 24-28” at the shoulder and weigh an average of 65 lbs.
Why are the Key deer endangered? Low population numbers, development pressures, habitat loss,
and threats from hurricanes have all been important in the listing of this species as endangered. Currently,
illegal roadside feeding contributes to road kills which account for 70 percent of the annual mortality."
While we you were observing the buck deer feeding across the road, a woman on a bicycle road right by the deer were out bothering it a bit. You could tell it was habituated to people.
Big Pine Key is located approximately 100 miles south of Miami, Florida and 30 miles north of Key West Florida.
|Map of Big Pine Key|