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Fishing and other forms of outdoor recreation in Wiscconsin are on the increase in 2020, according to data from the Department of Natural Resources. (Photo: Paul A. Smith/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The coronavirus pandemic caused an economic downturn, job losses and killed more than 1,000 people in Wisconsin so far this year.

While many events or activities have been canceled, postponed or limited by the pandemic, participation in outdoor recreation has increased, according to data from the Department of Natural Resources.

Since COVID-19 began to seriously affect life in the Badger State in mid-March, the DNR has observed a concomitant surge in camping, fishing and hunting.

At Wisconsin State Parks, for example, weekend attendance May 16-17 was up 44% compared to the previous year and June 13-14 was up 52% as camping reopened on state properties.