SAMS VALLEY — A Jacksonville man has captured the image of the first confirmed gray wolf west of Highway 62 in Jackson County.

One of Eric Anderson’s game cameras picked up a Jan. 3 image of a gray wolf on federal Bureau of Land Management land about 300 yards from a road in the Sams Valley area northwest of Lower Table Rock.

He discovered that and several other images of the wolf Monday when he hiked in to the area to check the cameras.

“I was very surprised,” Anderson said. “I got about a dozen pictures of it.

“You see something like that and you think, ‘That should make the paper,’ ” Anderson said.

Sam Dodenhoff, the wolf biologist in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in White City, viewed some of Anderson’s photos Monday and confirmed the identity.

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