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What would happen if

  1. 1. What would happen if….?<br />Can you predict what happens?<br />These are some possibilities….can you think of some others?<br />
  2. 2. There was no National Key Deer Refuge!<br />The National Key Deer Refuge was never created in the 1950’s.<br />At the time there were only about 50 deer alive.<br />What happens if the refuge wasn’t created?<br />What are the biggest threats to the deer? <br />Would these threats have ultimately destroyed the deer?<br />
  3. 3. No Refuge? No Deer … probably!<br />Without the conservation plan of the refuge this most likely would have happened..<br />Since the number one killer of the deer are cars, no restrictions would have been put in place to protect the deer from traffic.<br />People would continue feeding the deer, disease would spread.<br />Lack of habitat would require deer to stay closer together, disease would spread.<br />Lack of land preservation would cause less food to be available for the deer.<br />
  4. 4. Global Warming Continues!<br />The Earth’s atmosphere continues to heat up!<br />The polar ice caps are melting!<br />What happens to the deer? Better yet…what happens to the Keys?<br />
  5. 5. Ice Caps Melt…no Keys….probably!<br />As temperatures rise, the ice caps will continue to melt.<br />Just like thousands of years ago, the water levels will rise. <br />If seas rise just 20 ft. most of the Keys will be gone.<br />You might be able to see a Key Deer in the zoo….maybe.<br />
  6. 6. The Oil Spill Spreads<br />The BP Oil Spill spreads and oil starts heading to the Keys.<br />A think layer of ooze comes ashore and coats the mangrove forests off No Name and Big Pine Key.<br />What happens?<br />
  7. 7. They may just survive….maybe<br />Since the deer mainly rely on freshwater found in pools on the keys their water supply may not become tainted.<br />In addition, although the deer do eat mangroves, their primary food is found further inland, and this should not be completely destroyed by the oil.<br />In addition, people will most likely leave the Keys in order to get away from the oil creating more habitat for the deer.<br />

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