Mongoose captured on Kauai after seen running out of air cargo shipment

Photo: Kauai Invasive Species Committee
Photo: Kauai Invasive Species Committee

A mongoose was captured at Lihue Airport on Kauai early Tuesday morning after it was seen running out of an Aloha Air Cargo shipment of bread from Oahu.

The juvenile mongoose subsequently ran to the neighboring Hawaiian Airlines cargo area and was reported to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) on Kauai at about 5:45 a.m.

Airline personnel cornered the animal and monitored it until HDOA staff arrived.

The Kauai Invasive Species Committee (KISC) was called and provided animal traps. The mongoose was corralled and captured at about 8 a.m., and then humanely euthanized by KISC.

HDOA animal traps have been sent from Oahu to Kauai and set in the airport area. Staff will continue to monitor the area for other possible hitchhiking mongoose.

Anyone spotting a mongoose on Kauai should call HDOA’s Plant Quarantine office at (808) 241-7135 or the state’s toll-free pest hotline at 643-PEST (7378).

Although there have been reports of mongoose sightings on Kauai, only two mongoose have been captured on Kauai in 2012 — one at Nawiliwili Harbor and the other near a resort in Lihue.

The mongoose is established on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Hawaii Island, and poses a threat to native ground-nesting birds.

Kauai and Lanai are the only islands without known breeding mongoose populations.

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