Maine’s Wildlife: a $1.4 Billion Asset

Residents and nonresidents spent $1.4 billion on wildlife recreation in Maine

Title: 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation


Date Published: 2017

Reporter/Author/Researcher: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Link: National survey:

Maine survey:

Summary/quote: The national survey “has been conducted since 1955 and is one of the oldest and most comprehensive continuing recreation surveys. The Survey collects information on the number of anglers, hunters, and wild­life watchers, how often they partici­pate, and how much they spend on their activities in the United States.

The 2011 Survey found that 1.1 million Maine residents and nonresidents 16 years old and older fished, hunted, or wildlife watched in Maine. Of the total number of participants, 341 thousand fished, 181 thousand hunted, and 838 thousand participated in wildlife-watching activities…. many of the individ­uals engaged in more than one wildlife-related activity.”

…state residents and nonresidents spent $1.4 billion on wildlife recreation in Maine. “

(Nationally, nearly 38 percent of Americans participated in wildlife-related recreation, an increase of 2.6 million participants from the 2006 Survey. Wildlife-related recre­ation is a major driver of the nation’s economy. … Americans spent $145 billion …This spending creates thousands of jobs, supports countless local communities and provides vital funding for conser­vation.)

Key words: hunters, anglers, wildlife watching, jobs, American economy, conservation funding

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Comment: Our U.S. wildlife industry is so vast, at $145 billion per year it could be in the top ten Fortune 500 companies. Wildlife recreation revenues rival Apple’s. They dwarf Ford’s.

In Maine, information about the value of Maine’s wildlife “business” has, in the past, helped communities and legislators defeat destructive policies and bills and advance resource protections that support our community and state economies.

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Find Out More: Find a link for each state’s survey:


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