They might be cute and cuddly, but bunnies are also wreaking havoc at Denver International Airport, where the rabbits are attacking cars and leaving massive amounts of damage in their wake.
Nearly 100 bunnies are being removed each month from the airport by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service because the animals are chewing cables underneath cars and causing thousands of dollars in damages.
“They like to chew on the insulator portion of the ignition cables. That’s what we see,” said Wiley Faris, spokesman for Denver area repair shop, Arapahoe Autotek. “That wiring harness has all the wiring for the car so it can run from the hundreds into the thousands depending on where the harness is damaged.”
Faris told CBS Denver that bunnies are common culprits in car attacks, with their fur and droppings giving away their culpability.
USAirport Parking, which runs garages at the Denver airport, said it is taking measures to prevent the bunnies from attacking cars.
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“It’s hard to get rid of the bunnies but we’re going to try as many natural things as possible,” and employee told the Denver CBS affiliate.
Those measures include new fencing, which will make it harder for the bunnies to burrow and enter the lot.
“We’re also going to build raptor perches for the hawks and eagles,” USAirport Parking told CBS Denver.
Frequent fliers and employees of Denver International Airport can take some unconventional steps to prevent rabbit attacks on their cars. Local mechanics are spreading coyote urine on car wires as a deterrent, the station reported.
“We have found a good deterrent is predator urine, you can pick up fox urine at any pro hunting shop,” Faris said.
Those who have had their cars attacked by bunnies are out of luck when it comes to reimbursement either from the airport or their insurance company. CBS Denver noted that parking permits at the airport notify drivers that the garage isn’t responsible for any damage.
Bunny attacks are also not reimbursed by most insurance companies, the network noted.