Puma Exploration Inc. (the "Company" or "PUMA") has secured strategic land holdings at the Murray Brook Project by staking 86 additional claims (2,000 ha) that cover the favourable rock formation hosting the operating Caribou Mine (Trevali Mining Corporation), the Murray Brook Deposit as well as the past operating Restigouche Mine.
The new claims (100% Puma) are located west and contiguous to the Murray Brook Mining Lease (252) toward the past operating Restigouche Mine over a strike length of six (8) kilometers. It covers drill-ready targets contained within a similar geological setting as the Murray Brook Deposit. Puma's geologists are currently compiling the available data to prioritize surface targets to be explored.
"The new acquisition strengthens Puma's holdings in the Murray Brook area and secures its strategic land positioning between the Caribou and Restigouche Mines, at this particular time of intense activity with the present claim rush happening in New Brunswick where approximately 4,000 new claims (86,783 hectares) have been staked over the past 3 months. Puma currently holds 67.9 per-cent beneficial interests in the Murray Brook Property and is committed and confident to acquire the remaining 32.1% from El Nino Venture. Thus, Puma will control 100% interest over more than 18 kilometers of prime mining claims in one of the best Zinc potential areas in Canada" notes Marcel Robillard, Puma's President.
In addition, Puma has launched a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on its Murray Brook Deposit. The updated PEA will assess the best means of extracting mineralization and examine whether the project should start out as an open pit and later divert to underground operations or begin with an outright underground scenario. As well, the report will place an initial capital expenditure figure on the project. Different mining scenarios are possible at Murray Brook since the Deposit starts at surface to 300 meters in depth with the higher grade zone located between 200-300 meters deep.