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noted the time and location on his tally sheet. In three hours Jack and Nova showed me 14 Key deer-seven of which wore identify ing numbers. Nearly a third of the refuge's 71 marked animals also carry miniaturized radio transmitters that allow them to be tracked on the darkest of nights. "Not a bad evening's work," Jack re marked. "I can remember when you could go out like this and not see a deer." From a low of only a few dozen animals two decades ago, the herd has been brought back up to about five hundred, and ranges now over 18 keys. From Big Pine westward the bridges be come shorter as the Overseas Highway threads low-lying Little Torch, Middle Torch, Ramrod, Summerland, and Cudjoe (named, say the Conchs, for someone's Cousin Joe). From the water they appear only as dark lines of mangrove linked by the white fretwork of the causeways. On Sugarloaf, though, I could see the top of a strange tower thrusting above the scrub. I succumbed to curiosity and went to see it by car. KODACHROMES BY EMORYKRISTOF© N.G.S. With the pride befitting a former Commander in Chief, Harry S Truman inspects a Marine platoon at Key West during a 1969 vacation. As President, he often stayed in a rambling wooden house on the grounds of the U. S. Naval Base. Moated by the sea, Key West has a thoroughly nautical flavor. Personnel of the busy naval base (foreground) and their dependents make up half of the 27,500 population and pump $56,000,000 annually into the city's economy.