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Racoon captured aboard cargo ship from Long Beach

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:32 p.m. HST, Jan 02, 2013

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. 

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sailfish1 wrote:
Why did they have to do a rabies test (which is done after killing the animal) if it did't bite anyone?
on January 2,2013 | 07:42PM
64hoo wrote:
i bought me a coonskin cap in san antonio this year its not real but they should make a coonskin cap out of a real racoon and sell it.
on January 2,2013 | 08:25PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Looks like Allie!
on January 2,2013 | 09:07PM
clum56 wrote:
Raccons are nasty critters. I live in Minnesota and they are nasty and I'm glad that this bugga was caught on the ship before it arrived in Hawai'i. Here in Minnesota, they are used used for speed bumps if they are run over on the road. That would be a disaster to our land...
on January 3,2013 | 01:45AM
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