Airport passengers and other visitors who park at Denver International Airport are being plagued by bunnies that attack parked cars. According to a Feb. 15 report on WTSP News, the bunnies can cause hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage per vehicle.
Airport shuttle driver Michelle Anderson reports seeing dozens of the bunnies each morning. She says they hide underneath cars, especially those that have just parked because the engines are warm.
The problems occur when the attacking bunnies chew on the wires under the hood. According to Arapahoe Autotek spokesman Wiley Faris, in his experience, the bunnies seem particularly drawn to the insulator portion of the ignition cables. That particular wiring harness is what controls all the wiring for the entire car so the damage can be pretty extensive and expensive.
How do they know the damage is coming from the adorable creatures? The fur and pellets left behind are telltale signs.
Steps are being taken to clear the airport parking facilities of the little vandals. In spite of the USDA Wildlife Service capturing and removing at least 100 bunnies every month, the problem persists.
An employee from USAirport Parking says they are adding natural things to their repertoire. New fencing that makes it more difficult for the animals to burrow under is being installed. Raptor perches for hawks and eagles are being installed in hopes the birds will feed on their natural prey. Local mechanics are using a secret weapon, too. Car wires are being coated with coyote urine to deter the bunnies. Drivers can even get things like fox urine at pro hunting stores to apply themselves.
Denver International Airport and the City of Denver are off the hook for the damages. The parking permit given to customers when they check in clearly states they are not liable for any damages. Any damage caused by the attack rabbits while on airport property is the responsibility of the car owner and most insurance companies don’t cover the damages either.
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