Squirrels Are Damaging Some Maple Syrup Operations - NBC10 Boston

Squirrels Are Damaging Some Maple Syrup Operations

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    Trump Cabinet Official Praises Vt. Maple Syrup Output

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Vermont, the state responsible for roughly half of the nation’s maple syrup output

    (Published Friday, March 8, 2019)

    Maple syrup producers are contending with a late start to the season in the Northeast and an abundant squirrel population with the critters chomping on plastic sap tubing and spouts.

    Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple operations, but this year squirrels are wreaking havoc in some spots.

    That means producers must go out into sometimes deep snow to find and replace the damaged lines that transport the sap from the maple trees or other chewed equipment, which producers say can be time-consuming and expensive.

    Ruth Goodrich of Goodrich's Maple Farm in Danville, Vermont, the largest maple producing state, says of the squirrels: "Occasionally they declare war. And it seems like they have this year."

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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