A Texas man who paid $350,000 so that he could hunt an African black rhino has been receiving death threats after his identity was leaked on the Internet.
Corey Knowlton says he paid the hefty sum in order to obtain a permit to hunt and kill the rare rhino, of which there are an estimated 4,000 left in the wild, reports Fox News. In an ironic twist, the money raised by the Dallas Safari Club is reportedly being used to help protect and conserve the same species Knowlton plans to hunt. The club insists that the animal would have been killed regardless, because it had become overly aggressive.
“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.”
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The Safari Club reportedly received threats prior to the auction and its organizers contacted Knowlton to ask if he wanted to go through with it. The hunter and an anonymous silent partner reportedly raised the money to make the bid.
Since news of his bid broke, Knowlton’s identity was leaked on Facebook and other websites and he says he and his family have been receiving death threats.
“They’re wanting to kill me,” he said. “They’re wanting to kill my children. They’re wanting to skin us alive.”
Knowlton says he plans on hiring a full-time security team to protect him and his family. He also says he is going to continue on his mission to hunt the rhino and that he believes his money will be used to ultimately protect the animal.
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Source: Fox News/Photo Credit: AP Photo/WFAA.com, StreamAfrica.com