The number of people who enjoy observing, photographing, and learning about wildlife is growing steadily and has surpassed the number of hunters and revenues generated by them.
In the most recent survey, the “2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation,” showed a nationwide decline in hunters from 13.7 million (2006) to 11.5 million. Hunters spent 25.6 billion. In this report wildlife watching participants numbered a staggering 86 million, far surpassing the number of hunters in the United States. The wildlife watchers spent 75.9 billion, which is 3 times the amount hunters spent.
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