Black squirrels circling trees and stashing acorns is a common sight in Kankakee area parks and yards, and while their shadowy appearance might elicit curiosity, it also serves a purpose.

Casual nature observers might wonder about the color variation, as the dark squirrels clearly stand out from their gray counterparts.

Scientists have asked these questions as well, and fortunately, they have come up with answers.


Stephanie Markham joined the Daily Journal in February 2020 as the education reporter. She focuses on school boards as well as happenings and trends in local schools. She earned her B.A. in journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

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