A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows Iowans spend a lot of time watching wildlife. Spokesman Tim Flaherty says the report is based on information gathered from 2001. He says the report shows more than one million people spent more than 188-million dollars observing, feeding and photographing wildlife in Iowa. He says 63-thousand people come from outside the state to view wildlife. Flaherty says wildlife watching appears to be gaining popularity.He says when you compare wildlife watching to hunting and fishing, wildlife watching numbers are increasing, while hunting numbers are declining. Flaherty says it’s tough to make state-by-state comparisons, but he says Iowa looks to be about in the middle when it comes to spending on wildlife watching.Minnesota for instance spends more than double Iowa, while Missouri spends a little less. Flaherty says it’s not surprising wildlife watching has gained interest.He says it’s easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of specialized equipment. Flaherty says for each one dollar of direct spending associated with wildlife watching in the United States, an additional dollar and 49 cents of economic activity was generated for the state.
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