Puma Exploration Samples 362 g/t Gold at Newly Optioned TIMM Gold Property
- Strategic gold property located along national road, only 10km from St-Quentin and 25km west of Williams Brook Flagship property.
- High-grade gold structure, with initial surface sampling up to 362 g/t gold*.
- Mineralization hosted in similar quartz veins within sedimentary package.
- Similar depositional gold environment as Williams Brook Gold property.
Rimouski, October 25, 2023– Puma Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: PUMA, OTCQB: PUMXF) (the “Company” or “Puma”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a property agreement to strategically increase its substantial gold landholdings at the Williams Brook Gold Project (Figure 1). The newly optioned TIMM Gold Property, with grab samples* grading up to 267 g/t gold and 362 g/t gold (Table 1), marks another step towards Puma’s development of a major gold camp in Northern New Brunswick.
Figure 1: Puma’s assets and landholdings in Northern New Brunswick
Marcel Robillard, President and CEO, commented, “Puma has an established relationship with local prospectors who frequently approach us with interesting properties. We saw an opportunity with the TIMM property. It is only 10 km from our St-Quentin facility, hosts the same rocks as Williams Brook, and work done by previous operators highlighted its potential. While waiting for the assay results of our 2023 drilling at Lynx, we completed our due diligence on the property with a preliminary surface exploration program. We are excited about the samples’ exceptional gold grades similar to the ones discovered at Lynx in 2021. This acquisition is part of our strategy to build a gold camp in the region, and we look forward to applying our successful discovery model at TIMM in the near future.”
Table 1: Grab sample collected from the TIMM gold property
|Area/Target||Sample||UTM Nad83_X||UTM Nad83_Y||Lithology||Au (g/t)|
*Grab samples are selective by nature and may not represent the true metal content of the mineralized zone.
Overview of the TIMM gold property
The property is located only 10km east of St-Quentin, where Puma’s has its exploration office, comprises 223 claims covering 4,840 ha. Local prospector Tim Lavoie made a gold discovery on the property in 2014. He subsequently optioned it to different junior exploration companies over the years. They completed some surface exploration work – trenches, soil sampling, till and stream sampling and four (4) diamond drill holes that returned several anomalous gold zones and highlighted the potential for more discoveries.
The property hosts the same geology as Williams Brook and has historically been divided into three (3) gold zones: the Bonanza, Dome, and South zone. The Dome and Bonanza vein system is hosted in strongly foliated sericite schist with the gold mineralization typically associated with goethite/limonite as at the Lynx Gold Zone (Figures 2-3). So far, the three (3) zones show a strike length of 625 m with samples varying from anomalous (0.1 g/t gold) up to 362 g/t gold.
Figure 2: Picture of sample from Bonanza Gold Zone (362 g/t Au)
Figure 3: Typical high-grade veins from Bonanza and Dome – similar mineralization to Lynx
To acquire a 70% interest in the TIMM property, PUMA will issue 250,000 shares to the vendor and complete $100K worth of work over two (2) years. Having earned a 70% interest in the TIMM Property, Puma will enter into a JV with the seller, carrying the seller for the first $1M of work expenditure. Afterwards, the seller can retain its 30% by contributing its share of the exploration expenses. Should the seller’s interest in the property fall below 10%, its interest will be converted to a 10% return on net profits from Mine Production.
Additional performance payments:
- Puma will make a $25,000 cash payment to the seller upon a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA to be defined in the definitive agreement);
- Puma will make a $50,000 cash payment to the seller upon a positive feasibility study (FS to be defined in the definitive agreement);
- Puma will make a one-time cash payment of $100,000 to the seller upon commercial production (commercial production to be defined in the definitive agreement).
- The seller will retain a 2% NSR (net smelter return) royalty on any commercial production from the property. Puma may purchase 50% of the NSR royalty (or 1%) for $1 million at any time. Puma retains the right of first refusal on the seller’s remaining 1% NSR royalty.
The transaction is subject to the TSX Venture Exchange approval.
Ongoing Work at the Williams Brook Gold Project
Since the beginning of September, Puma’s technical team has continued to prospect, trench and strip along the Lynx Gold Trend over its favourable 4 km extension. More than 500 grab samples have been collected (assays pending) to prioritize drill targets for the second phase of the 2023 drilling program.
Upcoming Gold Investor Events
Puma invites shareholders and interested parties to schedule a meeting at the upcoming conferences to discuss the Company’s recent news and proposed developments. Click on the links to register.
EMP New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Oct. 29 -31, 2023
Marcel Robillard will present on Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m.
121 Mining Investment London, UK
November 20-21, 2023
About the Williams Brook Gold Project
Puma’s flagship Williams Brook Gold Project comprises six (6) claims blocks covering more than 44,650 ha in Northern New Brunswick, an established and mining-friendly jurisdiction near paved roads and with excellent infrastructure nearby. The land package is located near the Rocky Brook Millstream Fault (“RBMF”), a major regional structure formed during the Appalachian Orogeny and a significant control for gold deposition in the region.
Since 2021, and with less than $10M of exploration investment, Puma has made multiple gold discoveries at the Williams Brook property and believes that the property hosts a large orogenic/epithermal gold. Puma’s ongoing exploration programs are focused on building a gold camp in Northern New Brunswick.
Figure 4. Main gold showings and occurrences at the Williams Brook Gold Project
The technical information of this release was reviewed and approved by Dominique Gagne, PGeo, a consultant of Puma and a qualified person as defined by the National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
On-Site Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) Measures
Surface samples are bagged, sealed and sent to the facility of ALS CHEMEX in Moncton, New Brunswick, where each sample is crushed and pulped before being fire-assayed (Au-ICP21). The remaining coarse reject portions of the samples remain in storage for further work or verification as needed. As part of its QA/QC program, the Company inserts external gold standards (low to high grade) and blanks every 20 samples in addition to standards, blanks, and duplicates. All samples over 10 g/t gold or with abundant visible gold are analyzed with a gravity finish (Au-GRA22). Check assays are routinely performed for samples with visible gold to ascertain the gold content of the mineralization zone.
About Puma Exploration
Puma Exploration is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company with precious metals projects in New Brunswick, near Canada’s Famous Bathurst Mining Camp (“BMC”). Puma has a long history in Northern New Brunswick, having worked on regional projects for over 15 years. As a first mover, the Company quickly and strategically accumulated an impressive 44,650 ha of prospective gold landholdings in the area. Puma’s successful exploration methodology combines old prospecting methods with detailed trenching and up-to-date technology, such as Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), to facilitate an understanding of the geology and associated mineralized systems. Armed with geophysical surveys, geochemical data and consultants’ expertise, Puma has developed a perfect low-cost exploration tool to discover gold at shallow depths and maximize drilling results.
The Company is also committed to deploying its DEAR strategy (Development, Exploration, Acquisition, and Royalties) to generate maximum value for shareholders with low share dilution.
Visit www.explorationpuma.com for more information or contact:
Marcel Robillard, President and CEO, (418) 750-8510;
Mia Boiridy, Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Development, (250) 575-3305;
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