KAHULUI, Hawaii - A live skunk was found in a container at a trucking company in Kahului, Maui last Thursday.

Workers at the company said they smelled a foul odor and thought they saw something in the container. They called agricultural inspectors at the Maui Plant Quarantine Branch who set up two traps in the container, and found the critter Friday morning.

The animal was sent to O'ahu Tuesday, where it's being tested for rabies.

“We appreciate the quick reaction of the trucking crew in containing the animal and contacting HDOA inspectors,” said Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, acting chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Had the animal escaped from the container, it would have been a much larger problem and we are grateful for their awareness and cooperation.”

The first recorded capture of a live skunk happened back in February of this year. Skunks are prohibited in Hawaii and are only allowed by permit for research or at a zoo. They are also considered to be a primary carrier of the rabies virus.

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S., and one of the few places in the world that is rabies free. Sightings or captures of illegal and invasive species should be reported to the state’s toll-free Pest Hotline at 643-PEST (7378).