Extreme measures taken by airport security after spate of car ‘vandalism’… by RABBITS
- Numerous cars damaged at Denver International Airport car park
- Rabbits chewed on the cars’ insulator portion of the ignition cables
- US Airport Parking now bringing in new measures to combat the problem
By Suzannah Hills
04:12 EST, 18 February 2013
08:48 EST, 18 February 2013
Extreme security measures have been introduced at an airport after thousands of dollars worth of damage was caused to cars by rabbits.
Wildlife experts are now building perches around the car park at Denver International Airport for hawks and eagles to rest so they can easily spot and prey on the rabbits.
New fences are also being constructed to make it harder for bunnies to burrow under while local car mechanics are spraying wires with coyote or fox urine which repels rabbits.
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Furry nuisance: Numerous cars parked at Denver International Airport have been damage by rabbits chewing through ignition cables
Deterrents: US Airport Parking is now bringing in new extreme measures to deal with the rabbits at Denver International Airport
It comes after hundreds of cars were left damaged while parked at the airport because of rabbits eat through under-car wires.
At least 100 rabbits are being removed by the USDA Wildlife Service from the airport car park every month while better defences are put in place.
Airport shuttle driver Michelle Anderson told KCNC-TV: ‘I see at least dozens every morning. They go hide under the cars and the cars are warm.’
US Airport Parking said they are trying to get the situation under control by using the most natural techniques as possible.
Local mechanics are spraying the car wires with coyote and fox urine to deter the rabbits from chewing them
This includes encouraging hawks and eagles to hunt the rabbits around the airport as well as introducing better fencing.
But local mechanics have suggested another tactic for drivers to try to prevent rabbits damaging their cars – coyote and fox urine.
Arapahoe Autotek spokesman Wiley Faris told the TV station: ‘They like to chew on the insulator portion of the ignition cables. That’s what we see.
‘We have found a good deterrent is predator urine, you can pick up fox urine at any pro hunting shop.’
Investment: US Airport Parking is constructing better fencing around the car park that will prevent rabbits from burrowing underneath
Prey: Perches are also being constructed around the car park to encourage hawks and eagles to hunt the rabbits
DIA and City of Denver officials said they have only received a handful of claims over rabbit damage to cars but that repairs needed because of animals are the responsibility of the driver.
Since 2009 there have been nine official claims from passengers reporting damage to their cars from rabbits but most insurance companies won’t cover the costs of rabbit damage.
But Denver isn’t the only airport to have a rabbit problem.
Laura Coale, a spokeswoman for the Colorado airport, said out of 4.3 million parking transactions last year, three claims were submitted for rodent or rabbit damage.
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