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DALLAS (AP) – A federal agency is sifting through more than 15,000 public comments regarding a Texas hunter’s request to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also received petitions with at least 100,000 signatures opposing the request.

Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 at a January auction for a hunt in Namibia that the Dallas Safari Club billed as a fundraising effort to save the species.

The club said the hunt is postponed until Knowlton gets permission to import the head of one of five black rhinos approved by the Namibian government.

The wildlife agency says it will examine the public comments “for substantive information” to inform its decision. The agency has said it is applying extra scrutiny to Knowlton’s request because of the rise in poaching.

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