September 24, 2016 | 87° | Check Traffic

Top News

Racoon captured aboard cargo ship from Long Beach

  • State agriculture officials spent New YearÕs Eve capturing a live raccoon that had stowed away onboard a cargo ship from Long Beach

    State agriculture officials spent New YearÕs Eve capturing a live raccoon that had stowed away onboard a cargo ship from Long Beach

A 15-pound adult female racoon was captured Monday after stowing away on a Matson cargo ship from Long Beach, Calif., the state Department of Agriculture said today.

The racoon was spotted scampering on the deck of the ship Monday afternoon, and Matson called the Agriculture Department, which sent out plant quarantine inspectors.

The inspectors captured the critter using a trap with food, the department said. They performed rabies tests on the racoon, and are awaiting the results from a mainland laboratory. Test samples were sent today.

Racoons can carry rabies and other diseases and pose a danger to ground-nesting birds and other endangered species, if they become established in Hawaii, said Janelle Saneishi, spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture. 

No comments
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.