The Dallas Safari Club held an auction to raise money in efforts to protect and conserve an endangered black rhino in Namibia.
It was recently leaked that Corey Knowlton made the winning bid for $350,000. The long-time big game hunting expert is now surrounded by full-time security, because of threats made against him and as well as the Dallas Safari Club.
“They’re wanting to kill me. They’re wanting to kill my children. They’re wanting to skin us alive… they’re wanting to burn my house down,” he said of the type of threats received.
FBI spokeswoman, Katherine Chaumont said Wednesday in a statement, “The FBI is aware of the threats. If a violation of federal law is determined, additional action or investigation as necessary will take place.”
Corey Knowlton told Dallas television stations WFAA and KTVT that he won last week’s Dallas Safari Club auction to hunt a black rhino in the African nation of Namibia.
Knowlton said he simply put up $350,000 for rhino conservation and anti-poaching causes. He wants people to know that if he hadn’t made the bid there would be less money going toward a good cause.
“They don’t know who I am. They don’t know what I’m about. They don’t even understand the process. This actually is the very best thing by scientific biologists experts,” he said.
“I’m a hunter,” Knowlton told WFAA. “I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino. If I go over there and shoot it or not shoot it, it’s beyond the point.”
The Namibian government says that Corey Knowlton’s $350,000 will go into the Conservation Trust Fund For The Namibian Black Rhino.
An estimated 4,000 black rhinos remain in the wild, and the auction drew critics who said all members of an endangered species deserve protection.
Tim Van Norman of the Fish And Wildlife Service said that Namibia issues permits to kill five black rhinos per year. Van Norman said that hunting the older males can actually help the herd populate.
Van Norman said: “Black rhinos are very territorial so you will have an older male that is keeping younger males from reproducing… By removing these older males from the population, you get an increase in the production of calves. Younger males are able to impregnate the females that are in that area so you get more offspring than from some of these older males.”
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