The Trump Administration is scaling back endangered species regulations and is now proposing to strip the tiny Key Deer of its endangered species status.
This is despite what environmentalists say are continuing threats to the animal in the Florida Keys, its only known habitat.
Ron Magill, wildlife expert and communications director at Zoo Miami, explained that the Key Deer population, which was just a couple dozen in the 1950’s and is up to around 600 currently, is very much in danger despite the growth in numbers.
“The population is up and it can be eradicated in one hurricane,” said Magill. “They’re in such a fragile habitat, the problem with these changes is you can’t take into consideration climate change when you factor in whether we’re going to protect an animal. That’s like saying you have a video of a criminal clearly doing a crime but you can’t show it to the jury because it’s skeptical on how you obtained the video. It doesn’t mean the video is wrong.” […]