If the permit is denied, the safari club plans to refund Knowlton’s money that was pledged to a rhino conservation fund in the southwestern African country.
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A Dallas hunting club whose auction of a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Africa drew widespread protests said Sunday it would cancel the hunt if a federal agency did not permit the winning bidder to bring the animal back to the U.S. as a trophy.

The Dallas Safari Club auctioned off the permit for $350,000 at a closed-door auction in January. Last spring, auction winner Corey Knowlton applied for a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would enable him to import the rhino’s body following the hunt in Namibia. But he’s still waiting to hear back.