Squirrels in Key Largo suffer from tumors, blindness
By KEVIN WADLOW
Squirrels in Key Largo have been stricken by a virulent disease that causes grotesque tumors and often blindness.
The disease -- squirrel pox -- occurs nationwide in squirrel populations but has never been reported previously in the Florida Keys, said local wildlife experts.
''We started getting a lot of calls in late January, mostly from the area between [mile markers] 101 and 103,'' said Marsha Garrettson, manager of the Key Largo Animal Shelter run by the Humane Animal Care Coalition.