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An outbreak of grisly screwworm infected the planet’s last herd of Key deer on and around Big Pine in 2016, killing about 135 deer.
In Florida, a screwworm outbreak killed 135 Key deer last year and white-nose syndrome among bats has killed more than 5 million.
First, after a nasty infection by the larvae of a parasitic fly called the screwworm began to infest the population in the fall of 2016.
From the 1950s to the early 2000s, a massive effort went into eradicating invasive screwworms—which burrow into the flesh of livestock—from the United States down to Panama.
The infestation was finally eliminated after scientists released roughly 124 million sterile screwworm flies to mate with wild flies.
The herd faced a potential extinction event last year when the first screwworm infestation in the U.S. in 30 years.
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