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USFWS releases report on national wildlife related recreation

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released the preliminary report of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The survey — which has been produced every five years since 1955 — is designed to collect  and report information on wildlife related recreation activities participated in by individuals 16 and older. In the time since this survey began, it has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. The report found that 101.6 million Americans over the age of 16, or 40 percent of the U.S. population, engaged in some form of fishing, hunting, or wildlife-associated recreation. These individuals spent about $156.3 billion, or 1 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, on expenditures related to these activities. The most noticeable increase in activity appears to be the number of Americans partaking in wildlife watching. Over 86 million people age 16 and older participated in wildlife watching in some form including feeding, photographing, or observing wildlife in 2016, spending $75.9 billion on related expenditures. Wildlife watching is defined as participants who took a “special interest” in wildlife around their homes or taking a trip for the “primary [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/usfws-releases-report-on-national-wildlife-related-recreation/

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