Threats Escalate Against Rhino Hunt Winner as Debate Intensifies
Auction winner Corey Knowlton stands by hunt for conservation.
The death threats against Corey Knowlton have escalated, even as the hunter defends his right to shoot an African black rhinoceros as a way to raise money for conservation.
But some conservation groups have condemned the hunt as sending the wrong signal about saving endangered species.
Dallas-based Knowlton, 35, was identified as the auction winner on social media, and he is currently holed up in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to media reports.
He contacted the FBI about an onslaught of death threats against him and his family, and he has retained a private security firm for protection.
On that same Facebook page, one person wrote, "You are a BARBARIAN. People like you need to be the innocent