French authorities say they seized three stuffed lions, three leopards and a giant crocodile head from a private home and turned them over to Paris' natural history museum.

Customs officials are calling it one of the most remarkable seizures of protected species in recent years in France.

The specimens were brought back from an African hunt in the 1980s and stored in a home near the eastern city of Besancon along with dozens of other animals that the homeowner's late father had killed and stuffed.

Customs agents seized the specimens after a tipoff last year. Even dead, the animals are protected by the Washington Convention on trade in endangered animals. They were handed over to the museum Tuesday.

The hunter's son was given an undisclosed fine.