HONOLULU, HI (STL.News) A live skunk was captured yesterday morning at Pier 1 at Honolulu Harbor. Plant Quarantine inspectors from the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) were called by the State Department of Transportation – Harbors Division on Tuesday night and reported that a stevedore had cornered and contained a skunk under a container at the pier. HDOA inspectors arrived that night, but due to safely concerns were unable to capture the skunk. Early yesterday morning, a team of inspectors was able to safely capture the animal. The skunk was determined to be female and weighed about 6 pounds. A test for rabies has been sent to the mainland and results are expected in a few days. It is unknown how the skunk arrived at the pier. As a precautionary measure, inspectors have also set traps in the surrounding area in case there may be other hitchhiking animals nearby.
Last month, a live skunk was also found at a Kahului pier after being spotted by a biologist. In February 2018, a live skunk was contained by stevedores at Pier 1 at Honolulu Harbor and in August 2018, a live skunk was found in a container at a trucking company on Maui.