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Site last updated 02/14/2018

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Welcome to our website!  We are the Key Deer Protection Alliance.  We're here to tell you about the Key deer, a very special endangered species unique to the Florida Keys, and how they (hopefully) are being saved from extinction... if their habitat doesn't keep disappearing.  As our name says, we are a group of citizens dedicated to protecting these endearing creatures, as extinction of any species bodes ill for our own survival.  

Please look around our website by clicking on the subjects on the menu to your left.  Enjoy learning about the Key deer and their existence on these islands, the threats they face, and about our organization and how we're helping to ensure survival of the Key deer.  And please consider joining KDPA.


Key deer poachers get 6 months

Two young men who admitted capturing and hurting three Key deer last July will each serve six months in the county jail on top of federal sentences that were already handed down before they appeared in state court this week.

One buck, who was found bloody with an injured hoof by officers, later had to be euthanized due to his injuries. The other two deer, both does, scampered off into the woods once they were freed, having left feces in the car they had been folded into.

Erik Damas Acosta, 19, has already started serving one year in federal prison for the crimes, which included felony cruelty of animals and wounding an endangered species.

Tumani Younge, 23, got only probation for his role in hog-tying and stuffing the three deer into Acosta’s car the night of July 2, 2017.

But on Friday, Judge Mark Jones gave Younge exactly what he gave Acosta the night before: Six months in jail, while withholding adjudication, which means neither will go down as a six-time state felon. (With permission of the Keynoter.  For the complete article, click HERE)


Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 P.M.



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KDPA has endorsed an effort by the Florida Land and Water Legacy to pass a constitutional amendment. Check the NEWS & HAPPENINGS page for more info and the petition.

Meetings start at 7:00 PM  
(Second Thursday of the months of Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr)

Election of Board of Directors at the January meeting


KDPA will celebrate 28 years this year!!!

TheArticles of Incorporation of the organization were filed with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations on May 2, 1989

Click here for some photos from the April 9 (2009) meeting and 20th anniversary celebration.

This website went online May 24, 2004.   Bookmark us and keep looking back for things we'll be adding.  Thanks for stopping by.

Throughout our website, clicking on the KDPA logo (left), or this button (right) will return you to this page.

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