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Transom stories: Meet the man called the ‘skunk whisperer’

Andy Berthiaume

On any given day, Gregg Schumaker deals with the following: beavers, badgers, rats, mice, raccoons and skunks. He runs a company called Wildlife Management and Nuisance Removal, based in Emmet County. 


Believe it or not, Gregg loves skunks, and he’s got a special approach to dealing with them. In fact, he rarely gets sprayed. 

“You kind of talk to them quietly," Greg says. "You move at a certain speed  – not fast, not slow, with a little bit of confidence.”

Gregg’s nickname is the “skunk whisperer." It's even written on the side of his truck. 

Andy Berthiaume came to Interlochen in June for the Transom Traveling Workshop taught by Rob Rosenthal.