Puma Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: PUMA) (OTCQB: PUMXF) is pleased to announce that the first drill holes of the 2023 drilling program at the Lynx Gold Zone successfully intercepted the favourable rhyolite/sediment contact at depth with a series of quartz veins with associated sulphide mineralization that typically carries gold. Several specks of visible gold were also observed in quartz veins. Pictures of the core are shown below.
Puma’s President and CEO Marcel Robillard commented, “Our preliminary observations of the drill core are very exciting. We successfully hit the favourable contact and intercepted several quartz veins with pervasive alteration and sulphides (py-ga-cpy-sp-mal) at about 100 m vertical depth – 50 m deeper than what was drilled previously. We know that quartz veins with sulphides near the favourable contact are an excellent indicator of gold mineralization, as evidenced by the presence of visible gold in 2 holes along the interpreted high-grade gold shoot. These preliminary observations indicate that our model is sound and confirm that a significant gold deposit is possible at the Williams Brook Gold Project“.
Puma has completed approximately 20% of its ongoing 2023 drilling program at its flagship 100%-owned Williams Brook Project in Northern New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada. The fully-funded program includes a minimum of 6,000 m of drilling in separate phases aimed to extend the high-grade gold mineralization at depth and along strike of the Lynx Gold Trend and test other new surface gold discoveries. To date, eleven drill holes for 1,275 m have been completed (see Figure 1) that successfully intercepted the depth extensions of the high-grade shoots defined by previous drilling programs. Assay results are pending and will be announced when received.
2023 Drilling Program – Phase 1
2,500 metres of drilling is planned for Phase 1 of the 2023 drilling program at the Lynx Gold Zone. This first phase is focused on the Lynx and Moose areas (see Figure 1) and is designed to confirm and extend high-grade gold mineralization at depth and along strike.
Figure 1. Map of the Lynx Gold Zone drill intercepts over 25 MF (g/t * thickness)
Picture 1. Visible gold intersected in the current drilling program
Picture 2. 12.2 m of quartz veins / brecciated stockwork with galena @ 16.0m downhole depth (WB23-122)
Picture 3. Quartz veins / Brecciated stockwork with py+ga+cpy @ 86.4 m downhole depth (WB23-124)
Picture 4. Quartz veins – stockwork with limonite and sulphides @ > 100 m downhole depth (WB23-125)
Table 1. Coordinates and depth of holes drilled to date
|DDH #||Station||Easting (m)*||Northing (m)*||Elevation (m)||Azimuth (°)||Dip (°)||Length (m)|
|* Projection: UTM Nad83 zone 19||Total:||1,275m|
About the Williams Brook Gold Project
Puma’s flagship Williams Brook Gold Project covers an impressive 44,650 ha of prospective gold landholdings in Northern New Brunswick, an established and mining-friendly jurisdiction near paved roads and with excellent infrastructure nearby. The nearby towns of St-Quentin and Bathurst have a history of forestry and mining. The local communities support the industry and host a skilled labour force. 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 only $7M of exploration investment, Puma has made four (4) significant gold discoveries at the Williams Brook property – the Lynx, Cougar, Jaguar, and Panthera Gold Zones, with gold mineralization hosted in quartz veins at surface. The Lynx Gold Zone remains the company’s focus. Still, Puma believes that a large orogenic/epithermal gold system is present at Williams Brook and is focused on building a gold camp on the large property package.
Figure 2. Main gold showings and occurrences at the Williams Brook Gold Project
The technical information of this release was reviewed and approved by Dominique Gagné, 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 Measures Drill core 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), blanks and duplicates for every batch of samples.
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 near New Brunswick, Canada’s Famous Bathurst Mining Camp.The Company is committed to deploying its DEAR strategy (Development, Exploration, Acquisition, and Royalties) to generate maximum value for shareholders with low share dilution.
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