Detroit-area man fined $100 for turkey that likes his yard

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – NOVEMBER 07: A male Wild Turkey walks on the nineth hole during the second round at the Childrens Miracle Network Classic at Disney Palm on November 7, 2008 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (photo by Marc Serota/ Getty Images) (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

GARDEN CITY, MI (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been fined $100 for a turkey that’s been calling his backyard home.

Mark Johnston tells WXYZ-TV he hasn’t gone out of his way to make the turkey comfortable since it started showing up outside his Garden City home six months ago. He says the turkey will stick around a while then jump the fence and disappear before returning.

Johnston was recently ticketed for keeping the turkey as a pet. Police Chief Tim Gibbons says they’ve been working with Johnston since April on the issue. He says the turkey likes Johnston’s overgrown backyard and likely will leave if it’s cleaned up.

Johnston says he’s tried getting rid of the turkey, but nobody will take it. And he says he’s working on clearing out his yard.

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