Endangered Florida Key deer euthanized after capture by men
One of three endangered Key deer that Florida authorities found tied up in a car has been euthanized because of an injured leg.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Robert Dube says a buck was put down Thursday because of a leg injury.
Two men were arrested early Sunday after a Monroe County deputy pulled over their car on Little Torch Key for having a tail light out.
The deputy reported finding two doe in the back seat and the buck in the trunk. The two doe appeared uninjured, but the buck was limping.
The federally protected deer are found only in the Florida Keys, where their population is around 600-800.
The men, 18-year-old Erik Acosta Damas and 23-year-old Tumani Anthony Younge, were arrested. They are accused of capturing the deer and each face three felony and nine misdemeanor charges. They could still face additional federal charges for the men.
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July 10, 2017 at 08:36PM