My neighbor has a 2001 Tracker that has been attacked twice recently by porcupines. While parked on his driveway overnight, the Tracker had its gas lines (front and rear) chewed up by the porcupine in the neighborhood (this in the rural, mountainous Catskill Mountains in upper NYS). The first time he thought the car not starting was a defect and would be fixed under warranty, not having a clue it was the porcupine. After paying $150 to have it towed to the dealer, the dealer told him it was porcupine damage and therefore not under warranty. So, the whole bill for towing 2 days of a car rental and the repairs came to about $600. The second day after the car was fixed, it happened again, and this time he knew what it was. Question: Is it possible the porcupine is attracted to the specific composition of the rubber hoses on the Tracker. No damage has ocurred to the family's other car, a 1998 Rav4 or to any other nearby neighbors. Anyone have ideas on this or how to repel the porcupine(s) before I am the next target?
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