The FBI is investigating death threats against members of the Dallas Safari Club after it announced the auctioning off a permit to kill an endangered black rhino.
The auction occurs this weekend at the Dallas Convention Center, where the club is holding its annual convention and safari expo.
The permit is for a hunt at a national park in Namibia, Africa for an endangered black rhino similar.
Opponents have said the hunt is irresponsible for a group that says it promotes wildlife conservation.
The Dallas Safari Club president said the target of the hunt is an older, non-breeding rhino that is known to charge and kill younger animals.
"We rely on wildlife management by experts, the scientists
and the biologists, and they have told us that this is the best way for us to
raise the most money that's going to help us to raise the black rhino
population," said Bill Carter, Dallas Safari Club president.
The safari club hopes to raise at least $250,000 with the auction and said all of the money will be used for rhino conservation efforts in Namibia and to fight poaching.
Neither the FBI nor the safari club would discuss specifics about the threats.
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