An over-abundance of rabbits at the Denver International Airport is leading to an increase in sales of fox urine at local sporting goods shops. This almost sounds like a joke, but it actually is a very serious problem. Cars parked at the Colorado airport have had thousands of dollars worth of damage done by rabbits that chew on spark plug cables and other wiring. Mechanics are advising motorists to put fox or coyote urine on or around their vehicles so rabbits will steer clear of them. Sky news reports that wildlife officials are trying to solve the problem. Here are more details:
“I see at least dozens every morning,” airport shuttle driver Michelle Anderson told KCNC-TV. “They go hide under the cars and the cars are warm.”
A spokesperson from an automotive service centre said the rabbits are chewing on the insulator section of the vehicles’ ignition cables, which can lead to hefty repair bills.
The station reported that wildlife workers are removing at least 100 bunnies a month while parking companies build better fences and perches for predator hawks and eagles.
Local mechanics have offered a more unorthodox solution for worried car owners.
They say coating the wires with fox urine – available at hunting shops – will deter the creatures.
The complete article is available online at http://news.sky.com/story/1052813/bold-bunnies-attacking-cars-at-denver-airport
Hoppington Post has learned that as many as 100 rabbits are being removed from airport parking lots by local wildlife officials every month.
We are not sure whether the rabbits in question are wild ones or unwanted European bunnies that have been dumped, but we hope that the wildlife officials that are removing them will ensure they are well looked after in a humane manner.
Photo by Robert Couse-Baker