Car-Eating Rabbits Invade Denver Airport

Posted Oct 15th 2010 11:07 AMUpdated Oct 15th 2010 11:26 AM

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In the category of weird but true, Denver International Airport may have a problem with pesky rabbits, who eat cars. Yes, cars.

Traveler Dexter Meyer tells KUSA-TV he parked his brand new Turbo Diesel Volkswagen Jetta at the Pikes Peak Parking Lot at the airport as he headed off on a vacation. And it was eaten.

When he got back nine days later, he says, "I turned on the ignition and all these lights started flashing. I pulled out the manual and it said I had a big problem so I took (the car) back to the dealership."

It was at the dealer, Meyer says, that he learned from the service manager the wiring of his car had been munched on.

The manager asked him if the car had been at the airport and told him "We've had a significant number of problems with rabbits eating through the wiring in people's cars," Meyer says.

The repairs cost Meyer $238, and he has filed a complaint with the airport about the damages.

"They said they were aware of the problem but basically said 'We don't know how to solve it...' They said, 'We have a fence,' and I said, 'I understand that, but it's clearly not working,'" Meyers tells KUSA.

He says other airport parking customers should be made aware of the problem.

Denver airport officials says they see about a dozen such claims every year, but declined to discuss the matter further.

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Ratawayman

I send a lot of Rataway Fragrance, from Rataway.com to CO, for rats, mice, rabbits, squirrels chewing on wiring in cars, machinery, business...safe around pets and children

July 13 2014 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Howard

its really simple...use falconers..problem solved..they can also use their birds of prey to get rid of the birds that cause bird strike at the airport...Im a falconer and would do it ...=)...as for the use cats suggestion...they dont stop at bunnies...unfortunately...we dont need yet another non endemic running loose killing native wildlife..domestic house cats have no business being out in the wild.

October 19 2010 at 2:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandie

They don't know how to solve it? Umm...yes, they do.

Local licensed falconers have been trying to get permission to hunt out there and they refuse to grant them permission...

So BS, Denver Airport. You have options to fix it.

October 18 2010 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe

Soy in the wiring? That is probably why last winter the rats moved in and eat my cable and electric lines!
Dang! Whooda thunk it!

October 18 2010 at 5:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LionWoods

I'll bet if people simply stopped paying to park in that specific airport's parking lot and put a dent in their profits they'd come up with a solution jiffy quick.

October 18 2010 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MamaCat14

Rabbits are not the only pest.I knew that rabbits can chew on wires etc. but never knew they can attack cars. Interesting. Another major pest is the Prairie Dog, which the Albuquerque Sunport Airport has a problem with on some of their runways. Especially along Gibson Avenue next to the Airport. I've seen them many times as we drive by there. They dig huge holes they burrow into, and on ranches cattle and horses can break their legs falling into the holes. Ranchers hate them. There was an article in the Albuquerque paper recently that prairie dogs on runways can cause problems for airplanes. There have been a lot of plane-animal collisions on the runways. They also have problems with coyotes, raccoons, birds, and some others. Whats wierd is that no matter how many times they poison them, or evacuate them other ways, it seems they always make a come back.

October 18 2010 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
goldielocks

Animals chew the wires because they NATURALY chew things to make a nest, and as a previous poster stated they are making wires out of soy-based materials. Hungry or Teething bunny.. adds up to chewed wires. As to the airport saying, we have a fence ..dont know how they are getting in.
RABBITS BURROW.
Its not rocket science.

They are burrowing under the fence.
The solution is to get those burrow proof wire netting apparatus you bury under the ground around the fence. But then...that costs money. Its easier to claim ignorance and send people away angry with chewed cars, instead of actually FIX the problem.

If they want to go for a least cost effect means..maybe some of those things that make noise that only the critters can hear...and place them all around where cars are parked. Would keep away any undesirable...and be virutally cheap compared to anything else.

October 18 2010 at 1:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Appaloosa

Hungry or teething rabbits? City folk. Rabbits and other rodents teeth continue to grow unless worn down BY CHEWING! It is also called gnawing. And the idiot that wants to reintroduce the natural predators is another urban idiot. I will take rabbits in a fenced in area ANY DAY OR NIGHT over a PACK OF COYOTES! They can and will take down larger prey! Eagles and Hawks will work until they are ingested into the jet engines and the planes fall out of the sky.
The problem is man moved into THEIR world. Denver is a new airport. We expect the vermin to move out because of that? Like the people that move out of cities into new developments in California and then wonder who stole theirt cat or little lap dog. It was DINNER! It fed the original inhabitants of the area. It sounds cold, but that is all these cars and pets are. a replacement for what was taken away.

October 18 2010 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeff

Now that is a very harey storey.

October 18 2010 at 1:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mea

And you are such an expert and know this how?

October 18 2010 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shempbat

Put out a call for Elmer Fudd! Be vewwy, vewwy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits!

October 18 2010 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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