Live mongoose captured at Lihu‘e Airport. Photo courtesy of KISC

Live mongoose captured at Lihu‘e Airport. Photo courtesy of KISC

A live mongoose that likely arrived on Kaua‘i as a stowaway was captured at Lihu‘e Airport Wednesday morning, according to the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee.

Craig Kaneshige, Clyde Ragasa and Eric-John Garcia of the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, along with KISC field crew, captured a live juvenile mongoose in the air cargo bay of Lihu‘e Airport at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 11.

“The collaborated effort of HDOA, KISC, and the Kaua‘i community made this a successful rapid response! The mongoose was caught less than 3 hours after it was first reported to HDOA,” KISC Outreach and Program Coordinator Tiffani Keanini said in a press release.

The crew that captured the live mongoose at Lihu‘e Aiport. Photo courtesy of KISC

The crew that captured the live mongoose at Lihu‘e Aiport. Photo courtesy of KISC

The capture was an effort between Aloha Air Cargo employees and customers, Hawaiian Air Cargo employees, HDOA and KISC, according o KISC.

Aloha Air Cargo customers spotted the mongoose escape a shipment and quickly notified air cargo personnel. Shawn Baliaris, Aloha Air Cargo employee, and Leina, Hawaiian Airlines employee called in the report to HDOA around 5:45 a.m.

Aloha Air Cargo and Hawaiian Air Cargo employees monitored the mongoose orientation while waiting for responding agencies to arrive.

KISC Field Crew and HDOA acted quickly, setting a trap line around the air cargo facilities. Effective mongoose reporting outreach, and strong community partnerships led to the rapid response and successful capture.