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Mongoose captured on Kauai for the first time

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press


The organization fighting invasive species on Kauai said Wednesday a live mongoose has been captured on the island for the first time, raising concern the animals may already be established on the island and could jeopardize endangered species there.


The male mongoose was found in a trap at Kauai Lagoons resort in Lihue and was killed with carbon dioxide in accordance with humane standards established by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.


The discovery came after two months of intensive trapping at the resort and over a year or responding to reports of mongoose sightings, said project coordinator Keren Gundersen.


“We’re just very excited to finally capture one — but you know, it’s good news, bad news,” Gundersen said.


Mongoose are a weasel-like animal native to India.


Sugar plantations first introduced the species to Hawaii in 1883 to control rats in cane fields. The mongoose didn’t control rats as planned but instead preyed on turtle eggs and birds. Their numbers have also exploded because they don’t have any natural predators in Hawaii.


Kauai’s plantations didn’t introduce mongoose to their fields, and their absence is one reason ground nesting birds like nene have flourished on the Garden Island. Earlier this year, state officials took nearly 300 nene geese from the Kauai Lagoons resort and took them to Maui and the Big Island to get them out of the way of airplanes taking off and landing at the Lihue Airport next door.


The nene population at the resort had grown so large the geese were a threat to aircraft.


On Maui and the Big Island, state officials have nene breed in pens surrounded by mongoose-proof fences.


The last time a mongoose was confirmed to have been on Kauai was in 1976, when a female animal was found dead on a highway near Kalaheo.


But the Kauai Invasive Species Committee said there have been over 160 credible sightings of mongoose in the last 44 years. More than 70 of those sightings have come in the last decade.


Gundersen said the committee planned to convene a working group meeting with other state and federal agencies to come up with a plan to deal with the mongoose.


The committee is asking residents to report sightings of the animal, even if old, so it can draw a map of where the mongoose is spending its time.




Kauai Invasive Species Committee: http://www.hawaiiinvasivespecies.org/iscs/kisc/

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Wazdat wrote:
they have been there for years and probably came over on a Matson or YB boat.
on May 24,2012 | 04:15AM
waikiicapt wrote:
The Superferry is responsible for the mongoose on Kauai. George Bush was aboard the ship (secretly) that same day, with Dick Cheney, too. The "inside" scoop was that they were having a meeting with Sarah Palin and Linda Lingle onboard, on how to handle the whole ferry fiasco. John Lehman had invited them as his personal guests. He was also showing off a coupla brand new Stryker vehicles he had aboard that same trip. The Stryker came aboard from Schofield and had a whole cage full of mongeese, that were being transported ON PURPOSE to Kauai for special military testing at PMRF. This test involved how animals respond to high doses of DEPLETED URANIUM. This was well before the first 'aborted' trip to Kauai. It was part of the many training and certification voyages that took place in August. There were many other significant people onboard from Austal, General Dynamics, Bain Capital, and JP Morgan as well. They were all meeting to discuss the future of the military contracts between each of their businesses. Mitt Romney couldn't make that trip though. The entire party included champagne and caviar and was entirely organized by the Honolulu offices of the GSA. The function was purported to cost taxpayers over $3.75 million dollars (including the Airforce 1 fly-in with everyone at Lihue Airport). This is not a joke. This is absolutely true!
on May 24,2012 | 03:28PM
Roadalii wrote:
super ferry brought em over
on May 24,2012 | 04:26AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Bring super ferry back mongoose or not.
on May 24,2012 | 08:17AM
SteveToo wrote:
Yea right! Maybe it was George Bush's fault.
on May 24,2012 | 08:23AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
The SuperFerry didn't actually land on Kauai, did it?
on May 24,2012 | 09:43AM
jusmetwocents wrote:
Good point... Can't blame the SuperFerry. It would be easier to blame some loud mouth California transplant who chased the SuperFerry away for smuggling the mongoose to Kauai.
on May 24,2012 | 10:38AM
kekani wrote:
Transplants? what transplants? all those loud mouths don't live there, they just flew in as part of the Sierra Club. They did succeed in costing the state of Hawaii to lose all that money and jobs over the SF. But low an behold, the military now owns the boats and guess where they will be heading to.....back to the islands except we won't have the luxury to use it even though our tax dollars was used to build it... Thanks to all those that accomplished absolutely nothing
on May 24,2012 | 11:00AM
Changalang wrote:
I saw some familiar faces from Oahu in the news footage of the Kauai "protests". Can't remember any names though. That is always the best strategy. Amnesia is a valuable asset. :)
on May 24,2012 | 06:37PM
Changalang wrote:
Yup, Lingle strikes again.
on May 24,2012 | 06:33PM
Taisho808 wrote:
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on May 24,2012 | 04:33AM
nomakeshame wrote:
The mongoose has been in Hawaii for years, especially on Oahu, I remember seeing many of them in the forests up in Kalihi Valley running around like squirrels do on the mainland. Way back when, when they were first introduced, I highly doubt stopping the mongoose was a priority as was the case with many invasive species until people realized the extent of the damage they can do. But, as long as I can remember, there was the Kahuku sugar mill and willy willy mongoose.
on May 24,2012 | 05:28AM
lastuhu wrote:
They make great manapua.
on May 24,2012 | 05:31AM
Ripoff wrote:
mixed with cat
on May 24,2012 | 07:33AM
Sid_Hartha wrote:
Job security, Hawaiian style: 1) Bring one mongoose to Kauai 2) Have da bruddahs call in one sighting 3) "Capture" mongoose 4) Hire mo' bruddahs with new funds from da state
on May 24,2012 | 06:12AM
FISHMAN20 wrote:
You are screwed now.
on May 24,2012 | 07:19AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"Weasel Found on Kauai".

Wow, stop the presses.

on May 24,2012 | 08:57AM
motoxdad wrote:
A weasel named Sid_Hartha
on May 24,2012 | 09:17AM
hilopango wrote:
Soemone needs to train the mongoose to eat coqui frogs!
on May 24,2012 | 10:23AM
Anonymous wrote:
That sure does not look like a mongoose. It looks more like a weasle pet that got loose. I just saw two road-kill mongoose on the my bike ride and they were much smaller. But then, mongoos will help control the chicken population.
on May 24,2012 | 11:23AM
manakuke wrote:
It is true mongooses eat anything. One major problem though, the mongoose works day shift. Guess who works night shift?
on May 24,2012 | 12:14PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
On Kauai? About 27,000 Filipinos.
on May 24,2012 | 04:39PM
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