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Rock Thefts Up at Acadia National Park 

It sounds strange, but it seems visitors are taking some odd souvenirs from Acadia National Park these days…rocks.Park officials say rocks are disappearing, some carried away as mementos in backpacks, others loaded into pickups for faraway landscaping projects.Acadia’s chief ranger, Stuart West, says he’s noticed a decline in the amount and variety of loose stones at the park’s busiest beaches. He says taking a rock doesn’t sound like a major problem, until you multiply it by hundreds of thousands of people.Rangers say they charge about a dozen rock thieves a year, who end up facing fines of 50 to a hundred fifty dollars apiece.