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DALLAS Corey Knowlton of Royse City has hunted around the world.

His Facebook page is filled with photos of large deer he's tracked and killed wild boar, a bear, even a massive shark.

Knowlton leads expeditions for both everyday Joes and billionaires looking to hunt, and has been a fixture on The Outdoor Channel.

Knowlton is also the man who paid $350,000 at a Dallas Safari Club auction last weekend for a permit to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.

Since then, he said there's been a lot of anger and some confusion. Knowlton says his goal was to support conservation efforts for the black rhino. That's what the money of his bid will go to.

But critics feel that the chance to kill one is no kind of reward and they're letting him know it.

Still, Knowlton says the hunt is well-managed, and insists he will be targeting an aggressive older male that he says is terrorizing the rest of the herd, and would already be a target.

He says this is a challenge he welcomes.

'I'm a hunter. I want to experience a black rhino. I want to be intimately involved with a black rhino,' Knowlton said. 'If I go over there and shoot it or not shoot it, it's beyond the point.'

This auction continues to be a controversial issue. Knowlton and his family have received countless death threats so many that he says local law enforcement and the FBI are now working to keep them safe.

He says the death of this black rhino is inevitable.

'They are going to shoot those black rhinos... period. End of story,' he said.

E-mail msaavedra@wfaa.com

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