Saturday, 18 November 2017 | 19:21 WIB

Authorities in Tanzania Arrest 128 Poachers in a Year

illustration: hunting (serumpi)

TANZANIA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Keneth Sanga, Head of Anti-Poaching Unit of Central Tanzania, says on Saturday (10/14/2017) that its unit has arrested arrested 128 suspected poachers in some parts of central Tanzania over the past year.

"The illegal hunters were captured in some parts of the East African country Singida and Dodoma between 2016 and this year," he said.

Keneth Sanga said most of the suspects were found to have weapons and government trophies. Several suspected poachers were found in the nature reserves of Rungwa-Kizigo and Muhesi.

"However, we are optimistic that during that time, poaching incidents have declined compared to the past three years," he said.

He added the anti-poaching operation has paid off because more suspected poachers were arrested compared to previous years.

Furthermore, Sanga said some suspected illegal hunters have elephant tusks, wild animal flesh and others have wood. Some illegal hunters are now serving sentences in various prisons, while others await their cases to be brought to justice throughout Central Tanzania.

Sanga said the Government of Tanzania has seized all means of transport such as vehicles and motorcycles used by suspects in carrying out their poaching missions.

However, he also revealed that between 2016 and 2017, six people have been killed by elephants in two areas in Singida and Dodoma.

"All those people died because they have no knowledge of how to deal with elephants in terms of the nature of the animal," Sanga said.

"We are now educating people especially those living near the nature reserve on how to deal with wild animals if the animals invade their settlements," Sanga said.