Cops responding to a call about a landlord-tenant dispute at a Florida home discovered a dead cougar frozen in a garage freezer that was also stuffed with mangoes and two dead parrots.
The bizarre discovery last month at the Loxahatchee home of Gene Stimmler, 73, prompted investigators to seek the aid of state wildlife officials as well as the county’s animal control unit, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report
Deputy Bryan Hack reported that Joseph Valenzuela, a Stimmler employee, told him that a “large wild cat” was “hidden in a freezer in the garage.” The frozen animal, Hack noted, “was brown in color and frozen in a live state, eyes open.”
When questioned by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer
, Stimmler claimed that he did not recall how the animal died. “It just died,” Stimmler said, adding that he did not have the money for a necropsy. Asked if he had shot the cougar--as alleged by Valenzuela--Stimmler replied, “No.”