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Corey Knowlton

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A CNN reporter from Dallas went along to cover a black rhino hunt in northern Namibia. Ed Lavandera was there when Corey Knowlton, who bought a $350,000 permit at a Dallas Safari Club auction, fired the fatal shot.

A Texas hunter who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt a rare black rhino in Namibia has killed the animal. The hunt has drawn controversy and spurred debate over the best way to manage endangered wildlife.

Corey Knowlton won an auction last January for a hunting permit that would allow him to kill a black rhino weighing around 3,000 pounds.

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A North Texas man who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt an endangered African black rhino says he fears for his safety.

Corey Knowlton of Royse City says that after being revealed as the winner of last weekend's controversial Dallas Safari Club auction, he's received death threats and has hired full-time security. He told KTVT (Channel 11) Wednesday that some people "are wanting to burn my house down." One threat read: "I hope you die slowly and painful."