"Home of the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge" Top 5 Page for this destination Big Pine Key by yooperprof

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Key to the Quiet Keys

Key Deer are a remarkable sub-species of White-tail which grow only to a height of about 2 feet - the size of a medieum-sized dog. They are severely endangered, yet have manage to survive in spite of the relentless pace of "progress". Big Pine Key has the largest population of these miniature critters. They are remarkably tame, which is probably one of the reasons why they are endangered - they don't know well enough to stay off the highways and out of the path of murderous autos and SUVs. Big Pine Key is about halfway between Marathon and Key West - a half-hour drive to either place. Traffic zooms by on US1, but once you get off the highway it's very quiet.

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  • Last visit to Big Pine Key: Mar 1995
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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