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Nature of the game

County looks to capitalize on popularity of fish and wildlife

January 16, 2013
BY REMINGTON WHITCOMB ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

On a national, state and local level, more people are incorporating nature into their recreation, and officials are looking for ways to help Chautauqua County cash in on the trend.

According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation from 2011 (released in September 2012), more than 90 million U.S. residents - 38 percent of the population at least 16 years or older - enjoyed recreational activity related to fish and wildlife.

More than 37 million people spent time either fishing, hunting or both, and nearly 72 million people engaged in wildlife watching activities such as closely observing, photographing or feeding wildlife.

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