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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:04AM

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SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER

Jerry Travis points out a spot where wild, habituated turkeys have messed up his yard near one of his lemon trees. He says a large flock of ducks and turkeys had caused a nuisance in his Punta Gorda neighborhood for a few weeks.

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Jerry Travis of Punta Gorda took this photo Oct. 22 of wild, habituated turkeys feeding in his yard. Travis was issued a notice to appear by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission the day prior, for shooting one of the turkeys out of season. Travis will appear in court today and plans to fight the case. He says he was protecting his property, where the gobblers were eating his grass and leaving their droppings all over the place.

By ADAM KREGER

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SOUTH OF PUNTA GORDA — Jerry Travis hails from Tennessee. He was born in Nashville, and he and his wife have a home in nearby Chapmansboro, where they spend most of the year.

“I’ve gotten so used to seeing deer, coyotes and turkeys,” Travis said. “They come right up to the house.”

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