ESCANABA, Mich. — The co-founder of a deer management organization has received the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance first “Outstanding Conservationist” award.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the award was presented to Alan Ettenhofer of Escanaba.

Ettenhofer co-founded U.P. Whitetails, Inc. and is active in chronic wasting disease education. The illness strikes deer and related animals such as elk and moose. It is transmitted through saliva and other bodily fluids.

The DNR also says Ettenhofer has been a leader in securing grant funding to enhance white-tailed deer habitat in the Upper Peninsula.

The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance unites sportsmen’s groups in the region. It is made up of 57 clubs and businesses.