Stauber Announces Over $500,000 to Combat Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota For Fall Hunting Season

October 19, 2020
Press Release

HERMANTOWN, MN – With rifle season only 19 days away, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) announced that Minnesota is receiving $546,535 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to research and combat chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Of this funding, Congressman Stauber stated, “Whitetail hunting season is an important, cultural tradition for northern Minnesota and an economic cornerstone for our region that is threatened by CWD. With rifle season right around the corner and archery season already underway, I am excited to help announce funding to fight this devastating disease and to help to ensure that Minnesota’s whitetail population remains healthy for future generations.”

A full breakdown of these funds is as follows:

  • $166,177 for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • $249, 895 for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • $130, 463 for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health


Congressman Stauber previously sent letters to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture to request an increase in spending for CWD research through APHIS for FY 20 and FY 21. 

CWD is a contagious, 100% fatal, neurological disease that effects deer, elk, and moose.