It’s a problem that plagues passengers who park at Denver International Airport- bunnies are causing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in damage to cars. The rabbits eat the wires under the hood. The USDA Wildlife Service is removing at least 100 bunnies every month but the problem persists.
“I see at least dozens every morning. They go hide under the cars and the cars are warm,” said airport shuttle driver Michelle Anderson.
“They like to chew on the insulator portion of the ignition cables. That’s what we see,” said Arapahoe Autotek spokesman Wiley Faris.
Faris said rabbit damage is a common problem. The suspects are easily identified by the fur and pellets left behind. “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,” said Faris.
USAirport Parking is taking action to keep the bunnies 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 an USAirport Parking employee.
Crews will install new fencing to make it harder for the bunnies to burrow under.
“We’re also going to build raptor perches for the hawks and eagles,” said USAirport Parking.
Local mechanics are also giving drivers a secret weapon: coyote urine. They’re coating car wires with the substance. “We have found a good deterrent is predator urine, you can pick up fox urine at any pro hunting shop,” said Faris.
DIA and City of Denver officials said parking permits clearly state they are not responsible for any damage which means repairs needed because of ravenous rabbits are the responsibility of the driver. DIA said they have only received a handful of claims concerning rabbits damaging cars in recent years. Since 2009 there have been nine official claims from passengers reporting damage to their cars from rabbits.
DIA said more than 11,720 cars are parked on the property each day. Most insurance companies won’t cover the costs of rabbit damage.