Smallest North American Deer, the Florida Key Deer making a comeback

Florida Key Deer

A small animal on one of the Florida Keys islands is causing a big stir, reports ABC 7 News.

The Key Deer is a native species to the Florida Keys and is very small compared to its mainland counterparts.

When born the smaller ones can be as little as two to four pounds.

For over 50 years the deer have been a member of the endangered species act after being hunted in the 40s and 50s.

According to a Fish and Wildlife official, the population of the tiny deer dropped between 25 and 50 at its lowest.

Their classification could soon change, however, as they are just one of 55 species currently on the three-year work plan for U.S. Fish and Wildlife for delisting due to recovery.

US Fish and Wildlife estimate there are between 600 and 800 deer on the island while a Texas A&M study says there are 573.