The City of Regina has confirmed the first case of Dutch elm disease for 2017.

The tree in question is on the 200 block of Wells Street and is owned by the city.

Crews will remove the tree on Tuesday to prevent the disease from spreading.

The city wants to remind residents that pruning of elm trees is prohibited between April 1 and Aug. 31 under provincial regulations. This helps minimize the risk of spreading the disease.

DED is spread by elm bark beetles as they move from tree to tree.

The city has lost 94 trees to Dutch elm disease since 1981.