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Do bunnies love the taste of bioplastics?

By Don Loepp | February 18, 2013 12:00 pm ET
Keywords: Automotive

Perhaps we've discovered a drawback to bioplastics -- the flavor is irresistible to rabbits.

That's the implication of a Feb. 15 report from the Los Angeles Times: "Denver airport parking lots under siege -- by rabbits."

According to the report, hungry bunnies are "causing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in damage to cars by devouring the wires under the hood."

"They come to the recently driven cars for warmth, and once they're there, they find that many of the materials used for coating ignition cables are soy-based, and the rabbits find that quite tasty," Wiley Faris, a spokesman for the nearby Arapahoe Autotek repair center, told the newspaper.

The U.S. Agriculture Department's Wildlife Services has been removing at least 100 rabbits every month from the airport grounds, but it can't keep up with the problem.

Officials are also trying some natural solutions -- coating wires with coyote urine, and installing fences and perches for hawks and eagles.


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Do bunnies love the taste of bioplastics?

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