© 2023 All Rights reserved WUSF
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Female Key Deer Fitted With Radio Collars

National Key Deer Refuge

Wildlife officials have fitted 30 female Key deer with radio tracking collars amid a screwworm infestation threatening the endangered herd.

According to a statement Thursday from the , the flexible vinyl collars were made specifically for the deer that only grow to the size of large dogs.

Officials say the collars will help them monitor does and fawns that may be more vulnerable to screwworms during the fawning season.

Screwworm flies lay their eggs in animals' open wounds, and the maggots feed on living flesh. The infestation has killed over 135 Key deer since the late summer in the National Key Deer Refuge.

The state has been trying to keep screwworms in the Florida Keys from spreading to the mainland.

Copyright 2017 Health News Florida

WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.