(WQOW) – Senator Tammy Baldwin is a behind a bill that would create millions of dollars in grant money for trying to prevent chronic wasting disease.
The bill would authorize up to $15 million in federal funds annually for research, including detection of the disease, long-term suppression and eradication and determining if there are markers for genetic resistance.
States and universities would have to apply for the grants if the bill is passed.
In a statement, Baldwin said more federal resources are needed to bolster the research and management efforts because the disease threatens Wisconsin’s hunting tradition and the health of deer herds.
The bill is in the early stages of the legislative process.