It was bound to happen. The first live mongoose has been found on Kauai.
These pictures are of an adult male mongoose found in a trap set near the Lihue airport.
A Kauai Invasive Species technician made the finding Wednesday morning.
It is significant because until now Kauai was believed to have been mongoose free.
44-years ago a dead female was found, and a lot of effort has gone into capturing this one.
"They can go five miles a day. and what they say is they are not territorial," said Keren Gunderson, project manager of the Kauai Invasive Species Committee. "All of a sudden little Kauai seems awfully big when you are trying to chase down a moving target."
State wildlife division chief Paul Conrey said it could be catastrophic for endangered waterbirds like the Nene, if the mongoose has taken hold on on the island.
The Nene have been flourishing at the Kauai Lagoons Resort where the mongoose was found.
The state has begun relocating the Nene to other islands to keep them from becoming a hazard to airplanes.