Two Florida men caught with endangered deer in car

LITTLE TORCH KEY, Florida (Miami Herald) - Two men have been arrested in Florida after three endangered Key deer were found in their vehicle, the Miami Herald reports.

18-year-old Erik Acosta Damas and 23-year-old Tumani Anthony Younge were arrested early Sunday morning after a Monroe County deputy pulled the car over for a busted tail light.

When the officer approached, he noticed two does tied up in the backseat. One buck was found in the trunk. All three were untied and released.

According to Dan Clark, the National Key Deer Refuge Manager, the deer were caught on Big Pine Key. The deer are federally protected and found only in the Florida Keys. The Key deer population is only 600-800.

The Miami Herald reports that the two men each face 3 felony and 9 misdemeanor charges.

 


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