I saw a young weasel out on the trail this morning.
Had red fur, with a black tip of the tail and a black-and-white mask. Wouldn't pose for a picture; the trouble with wild weasels is, they don't hold still. (Also, they blow up your radar installations.)
Critter looked something like this, only younger and sleeker and with rather more black in the face.
Hm. Red weasel with a bandit mask. Wonder what his area of specialization is?
Afterthought: I feel an initiative coming on, to change the California state critter to some subspecies of long-tailed weasel (subspecies chosen for strong facial markings, being indigenous to California, and having a cutesy common name that doesn't include the word "weasel").
The pitch for Democrats and Greens would have to be some high-minded envirobabble, but I'm sure that could be arranged.
The pitch for Republicans and Libertarians: "It's a Red weasel with a bandit mask. What better symbol of what the state has become?"