Authorities Fear That Sap Thieves Are Making Bootleg Maple Syrup For The Aunt Jemafia

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Aunt JemafiaMILLINOCKET, Maine — People are illegally tapping into maple trees in Maine to steal sap that, when cooked, creates the sweet, dense syrup that sells for about $65 a gallon, Forest Ranger Thomas Liba said Tuesday. Liba, who was in town investigating two sap thefts, said most landowners are not concerned about the stolen sap, but rather the damage done to their trees. “Their business is to grow trees and tapping the trees creates a wound that creates a stain,” Liba said. “The value of that first log [is ruined]. There is a lot money in that first log.” “Last year, some very high value trees were tapped,” said Jeff Currier, the regional forest ranger who oversees activities in southern Washington County as well Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. The trees were left damaged with open drill holes and the thieves also left trash behind, he said. (read more at Bangor Daily News)