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Wild pig hunting coming to Tejon Ranch

September 28, 2012 |  5:02 pm

Wild pig hunting will be allowed at Tejon Ranch this winter for hunters who succeed in getting permits through a random drawing, the California Department of Fish and Game said Friday.

A total of 50 hunters will be selected for a permit to hunt the pigs at the site, which is about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. They will have access to about “100,000 acres of beautiful rugged mountains, steep canyons and oak covered rolling hills,” the agency said.

The hunting permits are being offered under a program called Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement, which according to published information “is designed to improve public access to private or landlocked public land.” Participating landowners are financially compensated and provided with liability protection for allowing access to or through their land for recreational use and the enjoyment of wildlife, according to material about the program.

The Fish and Game agency said allowing permitted hunters to participate in the program would help support long-term conservation management at Tejon Ranch and help control the wild pig population.

Five hunters would be randomly selected for permits for each two-day hunt and successful applicants would allowed to bring a hunting partner, the wildlife agency said. The hunt dates are listed as Dec. 7-9, 2012, Feb. 1-3, 2013, Feb. 22-24, 2013, March 22-24, 2013, and April 19-21, 2013.

Interested applicants can apply via the Department of Fish and Game at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/.


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