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Perhaps you are wondering about the little skunk. Years ago, spectators seated high in a grandstand watching the Kankakee Color Guard (I am pretty sure that was the Senior Color Guard) compete with its unique wedge and freeze formation and its Color Sgt., maneuvering around commanding the unit remarked that it reminded them of a mother skunk guiding and guarding her young ones. The black helmets with the white stripes and the uniforms viewed from afar gave that effect. After that they were sometimes called the "Skunk Patrol".

Artist and sign painter Joe Cartier was talked into adding the rifle to the little skunk, and the Shadows have sort of adopted "little Stinker as their mascot.

At one time I believe an actual skunk was adopted by a family member of the guard and was seen at many contest and activities. I am pretty sure it was neutered.