Wildlife pays. Or at least that's the finding of a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report that shows that 66 million Americans spent more than $38 billion observing and photographing wild animals.
The figures come from data collected in Fish and Wildlife's 2001 survey of fishing, hunting and wildlife-associated recreation.
Animal enthusiasts spent money on everything from binoculars to cameras and bird food and shelled out for trip-related expenses from lodging to transportation.