The Daily Inter Lake reports that Federal officials are declaring victory in their four-decade campaign to rescue the gray wolf, a predator the government once considered a nuisance and tried to exterminate. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday proposed removing the animal’s remaining protections as an endangered species across the Lower 48 states. The exception would be in the Southwest, where the recovery effort for the related Mexican gray wolf is lagging. Read the full article here. Here’s the same story from the Flathead Beacon.