How to Drive "Deerfensively"
One big danger facing the endangered Key deer is getting hit by a car. When
driving on Big Pine Key, following a few simple rules will help you be part
of the answer, not the problem.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Be alert for deer on the sides of the road.
- Be aware of color. Key deer are a light brown that blends into the roadside
- Buckle up. Put young children in car seats and secure your packages. Be
prepared to brake without worrying about your
passengers or packages.
- If you see a deer crossing the road, look for another. They tend to travel
in pairs or groups.
- When a deer in the road acts erratically, slow down and stop. Turn on your
hazard lights to warn surrounding cars of a dangerous
situation. Wait for the deer to cross the road safely.
- If you see a deer and want a photo, slow down, use your turn signal, be
aware of cars around you, and pull off the road.
- Be extra careful from May to July. Fawns, yearlings, and does are moving.
- Be extra careful from October to December. Bucks are moving and the breeding
season is under way.
- If you see, or have, a deer/vehicle accident, call the Sheriff dispatcher
at (305) 872-3311 or Emergency at 911. He or she
will contact the Key Deer Refuge staff. Your information is important.
Prepared by Monroe County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.