Puma Exploration Intersects Multiple Occurrences of Visible Gold at Depth
RIMOUSKI, Quebec, Aug. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Puma Exploration Inc. (TSXV: PUMA, OTCQB: PUMXF) (the “Company” or “Puma”) is pleased to announce that it successfully demonstrated that gold mineralization extends beyond 100 m depth at its 100%-owned Williams Brook Gold Project in Northern New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada. Twenty-four (24) holes for 3,475 m were drilled at the Lynx Gold Zone (“LGZ”) as part of the Phase 1 2023 drilling program. More than 100 specks of visible gold (“VG”) were observed in 37 separate areas (Figures 1 and 2, Table 1), with 16 occurrences located between 100 m and 211 m downhole depth. Gold mineralization appears to be constrained at the favourable rhyolite/sediment contact, and potential bonanza-grade veins are typically associated with carbonate alteration (dolomite) and sulphides. Assays from Phase 1 drilling are pending; results will be announced when received.
Puma’s President and CEO Marcel Robillard commented, “We are extremely pleased with this first phase of our 2023 drilling program and what we see in the core. There’s tremendous validation of our approach and model when we can hit VG successfully, and multiple instances of it is remarkable. The mineralization, mineralogy, alteration etc., all indicate that we are dealing with a large hydrothermal system that extends laterally and at depth. We are confident that we’ll substantially add to the gold inventory at the Lynx Gold Zone as we continue to advance our 2023 program and beyond.”
Figure 1. Phase 1 drilling at the Lynx Gold Zone – 3D gold-grade shell is available at
Table 1. Visible gold occurrences in Phase 1 2023 drilling
|DDH #||Downhole Depth (m)||Vein type||Host rock||Associated sulphides|
|WB23-129||48.4||white qtz||Sed-lim/GS in rhyolite|
|WB23-133||32.5||fracture in GS||Sed altered-lim|
|WB23-133||50.3||white qtz||Sed altered at contact with rhyolite||sph|
|WB23-133||60.7||white qtz||Sed altered|
|WB23-136||37.6||milky white qtz brec with GS fragments||rhy-lim/Sed altered-lim|
|WB23-137||26.7||white qtz brec. With rhy fragments||rhyolite-lim|
|WB23-137||33.3||stw QV 1cm||Rhy-lim|
|WB23-137||33.6||stw QV 1cm||Rhy-lim|
|WB23-142||60.7||Rusted qtz, stw||rhyolite-lim|
|WB23-142||64.0||white qtz||rhyolite-lim/sediment altered||ga-cpy-ma|
|WB23-142||136.3||white qtz, stw||rhyolite||ga-cpy-sph|
|WB23-144||161.7||white qtz||rhyolite / sediment altered||ga-sph-cpy|
|WB23-145||80.6||white qtz rusted||rhyolite-lim||ga-ma|
This first phase of drilling focused on the Lynx and Moose areas of the LGZ (Figure 2) and was designed to confirm and extend high-grade gold mineralization at depth and along strike. Its objective was also to target, along the favourable contact, specific veins previously mapped at surface with different drilling orientations to better define the veins’ geometry and update our structural model.
Drilling successfully confirmed the extension of the mineralization beyond 150 m depth and revealed that the supergene alteration observed in the core transitions to ‘’fresh sulphides’’ at 100 m vertical depth. Most of the holes show pervasive sericitization, but visible gold and associated potential bonanza-grade veins appear to be linked to the presence of carbonate alteration (dolomite) and Py-Cpy-Ga-Sp sulphide assemblages that occur as disseminated massive sulphides or as semi-massive veinlets within the quartz veins (Figure 3). Of note, the same sulphides were intersected 255 m downhole (180 m vertical depth) in hole WB22-145.
Figure 2. Map of the Lynx Gold Zone with 2023 Phase 1 drilling of VG is available at
Figure 3. Pictures of the mineralized core with VG intersected at the LGZ is available at
Table 2. Coordinates and depth of drilled holes
|DDH #||Easting *||Northing*||Azimuth (°)||Dip (°)||Length (m)|
|* Projection: UTM Nad83 zone 19||Total:||3475.5|
2023 Drilling Program
The fully-funded and permitted 2023 program (minimum of 6,000 m) is focused on the Lynx Gold Zone (“LGZ”) and is designed with three (3) primary objectives:
- Extend the continuity of the LGZ at depth and along strike;
- Validate and refine the existing geological model;
- Corroborate Puma’s current geophysical pathfinder tool.
The planned fifteen (15) holes (approximately 2,000 m) of Phase 1 drilling was expanded to twenty-four (24) holes and 3,500 m as the Company successfully intercepted the depth extensions of the high-grade shoots defined by previous drilling programs and intersected at depth and along the newly identified orientation, the bonanza-grade quartz veins sampled at surface.
Puma will now complete surface exploration work to localise the favourable rhyolite sediment contact along the strike extension of the Lynx Gold Zone in preparation for the Company’s Phase 2 drilling program.
Puma’s 2023 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 2 pm (EDT). Again, this year, the Company will hold the Meeting via a live webcast at TSX Trust Virtual AGM, where all Shareholders and their proxy holders, regardless of geographic location, will have an equal opportunity to participate. Shareholders and proxy holders will not be able to attend the Meeting in person. Further details and instructions about virtual participation are included in the Meeting materials available on the Company’s website and under Puma’s profile on www.sedar.com.
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.
Figure 4. Main gold showings and occurrences at the Williams Brook Gold Project is available at
Since 2021, and with only $7M of exploration investment, Puma 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.
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 (“QA/QC”) 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 (“BMC”). 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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