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Tag: New World Screwworm

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  • A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size
    A Key deer on Big Pine Key in Florida. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

    Support and cooperation cure the New World screwworm infestation in the Keys

    April 12, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The unexpected New World screwworm infestation of the endangered Key deer confirmed September 30, 2016, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was found on 13 Keys and led to 135 Key deer deaths. Screwworms are fly larvae or maggots that infest warm-blooded animals through open wounds and feed on living tissue. They were formerly eradicated from the U.S. in the 1960’s. The herculean effort to eliminate screwworms and save the Key deer was recently celebrated at a public meeting on March 25, 2017.  Learn more...

  • A small deer with antlers in front of a road sign on the side of a road.
    Response key deer buck at refuge headquarters. Photo by Jennifer Koches, USFWS.

    Whats old is new again (New World screwworm, that is)

    February 1, 2017 | 5 minute read

    In talking to people about what our agency does for endangered species, you can’t help but conjure up images of those iconic species that have helped frame the visual; species like sea turtles, manatees, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers, whooping cranes, and freshwater mussels. The Southeast Region is the lead for about 380 endangered species of plants and, animals and among those Southeast, we get to claim is Florida’s endangered Key deer.  Learn more...


  • A spiny flower with thin, bright purple petals.
    Information icon Smooth Purple Coneflower, Echinacea laevigata. Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC 2.0.

    2016 National and Regional Recovery Champions

    May 19, 2017 | 8 minute read

    On Endangered Species Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region celebrates the contributions and achievements of our nationally recognized Recovery Champions and regionally recognized Recovery Champions. These dedicated individuals have devoted themselves to recovering endangered and threatened animals and plants, and the Service is grateful for their hard work. 2016 National Recovery Champions Chris Lucash, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chris Lucash in the field monitoring for red wolves.  Read the full story...

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