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(AP) Plans to auction a rare permit that will allow a hunter to take down an endangered black rhino are drawing criticism from some conservationists.

But the organizer says the fundraiser could bring in more than $1 million, which will go toward protecting the species.

A Louisiana attorney and hunting enthusiast, John Jackson III, has worked with the southwestern African nation Namibia to obtain a rhino hunting permit for his Dallas Safari Club. Five permits have been made available each year, but this will be the first available for purchase outside the south African nation.

Jackson says it's a modern conservation and management technique.

The auction is set for the Dallas club's convention in January.

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