408 people were arrested between January and September 2017 in connection with poaching cases with seven people killed after gunfire exchange incidents according to latest figures from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks).

Of the 408 people arrested, 388 were locals while 20 were foreigners.

Close to 60 percent of the arrests were made in the northern region of the country while the western region had the least number of arrests.

According to Zimparks, the arrests indicate the authority’s steadfastness in fighting the scourge of poaching.

Commenting on the statistics Zimparks public relations manager Mr Tinashe Farawo said the authority will continue to intensify the anti-poaching drive and called for support from the private sector and the communities in the fight against poaching.

Information from the authority shows that a total of 19 rifles and 45 ivory were recovered in the process.

Part of the recovered items include 145 game nets and 285 snares.