Apparently the squirrel, which they nicknamed Chewy, had been chewing through the vehicle’s wiring. Damage to the vehicles is estimated at $700.
They posted this Youtube video of the alleged perpetrator. My question: how do they know they caught the right squirrel?
Oddly, this isn’t the first case of rodents damaging vehicle wiring. See this MSNBC report for example about rabbits eating through the wires of cars at the Denver airport.
Apparently the wiring in newer cars is coated with a “sweet-tasting” soy-based insulation and all sorts of animals are developing a taste for it, from possums to squirrels.
Maybe the manufacturers should mix cayenne pepper into the soy-based insulation?