Governor Tim Walz says he supports a measure the Minnesota House narrowly approved Tuesday that would prohibit a wolf hunting and trapping season in the state:

“I do think, because of the nature of our wolves, that you can have the selective hunts to manage the population. I don’t think that’s a place where the sport hunting is appropriate.”

The governor says he’s “very hesitant” on a full open hunting season, as federal officials consider lifting protections for the wolf in the Lower 48 states. Those on the other side contend Minnesota’s wolf population is robust and farmers are being hurt by the animals preying on livestock.