The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a rule to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection. Minnesota Farm Bureau Director of Public Policy Amber Glaeser says wolf depredation remains an issue for the state’s livestock producers. “It is am emotional issue, but what’s important to remember is the Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to return the wolf to state management,” says Glaeser. “We’re really focusing on one step at a time.” Currently there are more than 2,600 gray wolves in Minnesota, which exceeds the population goal set by the recovery plan by more than 1,000 wolves. Glaeser says the plans for removal is really a success story. “The ESA protection did it’s job. The gray wolf is thriving now in Minnesota.” A public comment period on the proposed rule is open until May 14. Listen to the story.