Wildlife officials: 20 Florida panthers killed this year

A healthy Florida panther is seen on display at the Palm Beach Zoo on August 22, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida.
A healthy Florida panther is seen on display at the Palm Beach Zoo on August 22, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – At least 20 Florida panthers have died in 2020.

That’s a toll that appears to be on track to finish lower than in previous years.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says people caused almost all of the deaths this year.

One panther was killed by another panther. A train hit another. And yet another was mutilated and its body was found on a roadside near Immokalee.

The state recorded 27 panther deaths in 2019 and 30 in 2018.

Wildlife officials say the panther population appears to be steady with 120 to 230 adults living in the wild.