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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — State and federal authorities are investigating the shooting of an endangered Key deer and are offering a $5,000 reward for information about the crime.

Officials discovered the injured deer Thursday, Jan. 27 near Crane Boulevard on Sugarloaf Key. The deer was euthanized as a result of its injuries.

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File image of an endangered Key deer. which are considered endangered, and enjoy federal and state protection. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Key deer are protected under the Endangered Species Act, as well Florida state law. Intentionally killing a Key deer is punishable by a maximum one year in federal prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has launched a criminal investigation and will pay $5,000 if information in this deer’s shooting leads to a conviction.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the FWC’s 24-hour Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922; they can remain anonymous. Tipsters also can email or go online to They also can call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement at 786-236-2862.

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