Key Deer Update Oct 28
by Kim on October 28th, 2016

Key Deer/Screwworm Update 10/28

Quoted from Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Facebook post 10/28/2016:

​"Screwworm Outbreak Update for October 28:
We are modifying our approach to medicating the Key deer, to be more efficient and accurate in administering doses of anti-parasitic Doramectin to deer once a week. We took a break from most medication for two days, and will begin a neighborhood blitz approach starting on Saturday. Staff and trained volunteers will administer doses using medicated bread in specific neighborhoods each day.

On Thursday, staff did administered doses to 8 male and 19 female Key deer. This brings the total doses administered to 282 males and 431 females, for a total of 713. 

Please continue to call the Key Deer Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 ext. 7. if you see deer that may be infested with screwworm. If caught early, they CAN be cared for! 

On Wednesday 10/27, 2 more Key deer were euthanized due to severe screwworm infestation. The total known deceased Key deer due to screwworm infestation is 119; 116 have been euthanized and 3 were found dead."

Army of Flies

Here's a link to an article in the Miami Herald regarding the millions of sterile flies being released from No Name Key to Cudjoe Key.

Fly Trap Dilemma

Quoted from Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Facebook post 10/28/2016:

"Fly Trap Dilemma: Private fly traps are illegal on National Key Deer Refuge lands. We have noticed several of these in the past couple weeks, on both federal and state lands. People might be doing this to protect themselves or the Key deer from screwworm, but the uptick in noticeable flies is most likely due to the release of millions of the sterile male flies. These same flies are the ones that will ultimately lead to the eradication of the screwworm from the Lower Florida Keys. Sterile males will mate with females, and she'll lay eggs that will never hatch, ultimately, after several life cycles, resulting in the eradication of the screwworm. Please inform your neighbors and please report any you see on federal or state lands in the Lower Keys."

Volunteer Update

Quoted from Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Facebook post 10/28/2016:
The third training session for volunteers interested in assisting with Key deer treatment is now full. We'll keep you posted on future training sessions. Thanks to the community for the great support!
photo from
Katie Atkins - Keynoter 


Here's a link to an article in the Keynoter, from 10/26 and a quote from that article:

​"Finally, good news for the endangered Key deer: The number of deer found to be infected with New World screwworm on Big Pine Key and No Name Key is slowly going down, along with the number of those having to be euthanized."

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