In an effort to stomp out the issue of chronic wasting disease in the state, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has put forward a funding package that would provide a little over $4.5 million to fight CWD – which, for the first time, has been identified in northern Minnesota.

Until now, the disease was only recognized in areas of southeastern Minnesota. But last month, officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed a CWD infected deer in Crow Wing County.

According to KNSI News, Governor Tim Walz is asking for $4.57 million over the next two years to help battle the fatal disease. In addition, Walz is proposing “$208,000 in 2020 and $529,000 starting in 2021 to the Board of Animal Health to improve their monitoring and practices surrounding farmed deer and chronic wasting disease.”

“As a lifelong sportsman, I know how urgent this issue is for Minnesotans,” Gov. Walz stated. “The Minnesota DNR is working hard to contain chronic wasting disease. This critical funding would help ensure they have the best tools and resources at hand to maintain deer health and management across the state.”