Tejon Ranch Conservancy or Tejon Ranch Company… who’s who?
By Conservancy President & CEO Bob Reid
The Conservancy and the Ranch are so often confused, whether it’s camera crews coming to Conservancy offices or folks asking us about new stores coming to the outlets. Here are some basic facts about us:
Despite this heightened concern, effective population control methods remain a challenge nationally and here at Tejon. This lack of effective population control is due, in part, to an inability to effectively track wild pig population change through time, as reliable population estimates are necessary to test the efficacy of any proposed control strategy.
In recent years the Tejon Ranch Conservancy has emerged as the central hub for invasive wild pig research in the West, as we seek to fill these critical gaps in our understanding of how to effectively monitor and manage wild pigs across the dynamic landscapes of Tejon. This initiative includes long-term data collection on wild pig abundance, density and other population parameters, as well as their impacts to California’s native ecology and agricultural interests. The Conservancy has also developed non-invasive methods for more efficient monitoring of this increasingly problematic species, including the use of natural marks and pelage patterns for mark-resight population estimation. This work is being done in partnership with multiple academic institutions and government agencies, including the USDA APHIS’ National Feral Swine Management Program, within which Tejon Ranch represents the sole west-coast study site.