Fox urine as cure for car-damaging rabbits
Hungry bunnies devour the wiring of cars parked at Denver International Airport.
Maybe the only thing worse than having to leave your precious ride at an airport’s long-term parking is to come back and find it damaged. Door dings are one thing, but finding the wires of your car’s electrical system chewed by wild rabbits is another.
That’s what travelers at the Denver International Airport have to deal with, according to the local CBS TV affiliate KCNC-TV. “I see at least dozens every morning,” an airport shuttle driver told the station. “They go hide under the cars and the cars are warm.”
“They like to chew on the insulator portion of the ignition cables,” added Wiley Faris, who works at Autotek, a Denver area auto-repair shop. “That’s what we see.” He said that the repairs because of damage to the wiring can run from hundreds into thousands of dollars.
While the parking lot's owners are looking into solutions, Faris has a more immediate fix for car owners: fox urine.
“We have found a good deterrent is predator urine,” Faris said. “You can pick up fox urine at any pro hunting shop.” He advised coating the car wires with the substance.
USAirport Parking, the company that owns the airport's parking-lot concession, isn’t yet buying cases of the stuff but is taking action to keep the rabbits out of vehicles. “It’s hard to get rid of the bunnies, but we’re going to try as many natural things as possible,” said a USAirport Parking employee. These include installing new fencing to make it harder for the bunnies to burrow under and building raptor perches for the hawks and eagles that feed on the bunnies.
The airport and Denver officials noted that signs posted in the parking lots clearly state that they are not responsible for any damage, meaning repairs because of the voracious rabbits are the car owner’s responsibility. The airport has received only a few of claims due to rabbits damaging cars in recent years; there have been nine official claims by passengers reporting damage to their cars from rabbits since 2009.
The airport noted that more than 11,720 cars are parked on the property each day. Since most insurance companies won’t cover the costs of rabbit damage, maybe renting your car to someone instead of parking it at the Denver airport wouldn't be such a bad idea.
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