Puma Exploration Reports High-Grade Gold (52.1 G/T Au) And Silver (95.5 G/T Ag) Assays From The Pepitos Zone On The Williams Brook Property, Nb, Canada


Rimouski, February 18th, 2021 – Puma Exploration Inc., PUMA-TSXV, (the “Company” or “Puma”) is pleased to report assays results for the surface discoveries of Visible Gold (VG) at the Pepitos Gold Zone (see news releases 2020-11-12, 2020-11-19) as well as additional new results for the O’Neil Showing (see news releases 2020-09-01, 2020-09-22, 2020-10-01) on the Williams Brook Gold property.

Samples collected at the Pepitos Gold Zone from quartz veins (3) contain fine specks of Visible Gold (VG) graded respectively 52.10 g/t Au and 95.5 g/t Ag, 16.15 g/t Au and 58.0 g/t Ag, and 15.05 g/t Au. Other high-grade gold results received from the Pepitos Gold Zone include 13.10 g/t Au, 4.87 g/t Au, 3.94 g/t Au and 3.23 g/t Au (see Figure 1). All significant gold assays for the Pepitos Gold Zone and the O’Neil Gold Zone are listed in the Appendices 1 and 2.

Highlights and Current Status

► Pepitos assays grading : 52.1 g/t Au, 16.1 g/t Au, 15.0 g/t Au, 13.1 g/t Au, 4.87 g/t Au*

► O’Neil new assays grading : 32.8 g/t Au, 23.1 g/t Au, 16.9 g/t Au, 8.24 g/t Au, 6.14 g/t Au*

► Pervasive Silver-enrichment includes: 95.5 g/t Ag, 57.3 g/t Ag, 48.0 g/t Ag, 25.6 g/t Ag, 13.6 g/t Ag*

► The O’Neil Gold Trend (OGT) extending over 5 km has never been drilled

► District-scale Airborne VTEM survey of the Triple Fault Gold Project in progress (1,100km completed)

► Assays are pending from the Lynx, Chubby, and Moose Gold Zones

*Rock chip and grab samples are selective by nature and may not represent the true grade or style of mineralization across the property.

“We are very satisfied with the initial surface sampling at Pepitos Gold Zone which confirmed and expanded the continuous known high-grade gold system on the Williams Brook property.  Since the initial discovery of the O’Neil high-grade gold system, the trenching and stripping program at Pepitos expanded the surface high-grade gold mineralisation for more than 75 meters. Furthermore, several high-grade silver veins were identified and could add significant value to the project,” stated Marcel Robillard, President and CEO of Puma Exploration (PUMA TSX-V). “We are excited to have received the additional assays results for the Lynx Zone (see news release 2020-10-22) and the first set of assays for the Chubby and Moose Zones,” added Marcel Robillard.

Figure 1: Pepitos Gold Zone Location and Highligths

The sampling program at the Pepitos Gold Zone confirmed the presence of silver-rich, polymetallic quartz veins on the Williams Brook property. These silver and polymetallic veins are an integral and representative part of the geological model interpreted to be at Williams Brook. Table 1 shows evidence of silver enrichment and polymetallic veins at the Pepitos Gold Zone.

Table 1: Selected Silver-Rich Polymetallic Results*

Sample X Y Lithology Type Target/Area Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Bi (ppm) Pb (ppm) Zn (ppm)
B485170 660220 5259089 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 52.10 95.50 239 9630 4520
B485164 660217 5259090 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 16.15 58.00 115 9710 6330
B484980 660216 5259091 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 0.21 48.00 103 7990 2740
B484877 660215 5259093 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 0.01 25.60 70 2310 710
B484875 660213 5259094 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 0.47 21.20 57 941 417
B484981 660214 5259090 Rhyolite o/c Pepitos 0.02 18.20 60 3390 998
B484992 660208 5259096 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 0.20 11.00 32 1890 560
B484979 660216 5259091 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 0.14 10.90 53 535 560
B484873 660212 5259095 Quartz vein o/c Pepitos 0.22 9.33 16 269 90

*Rock chip and grab samples are selective by nature and may not represent the true grade or style of mineralization across the property.

The Williams Brook Gold property, which was the focus of the 2020 Exploration Program, is part of the district-scale Tripe Fault Gold Project, recently acquired in 2020 in New Brunswick, Canada. The 2020 Exploration Program included primarily prospecting, mapping, trenching and stripping concentrated on the O’Neil Gold Trend (see Figure 2) followed over 5 km in length.

Figure 2: The Williams Brook Property O’Neil Gold Trend (OGT)

The latest important discoveries on the Williams Brook Gold property are Visible Gold (VG) found at the Lynx Gold Zone, with pervasive antimony and copper oxides mineralization at the Lynx and Chubby Gold Zones. Lastly, the Moose Zone represents the farthest mineralized zone (650 m), located along strike of the O’Neil Showing (see Figure 3) hosting similar altered rhyolite, quartz veins and major structures. Samples results are still pending for the Lynx, Chubby and Moose areas and will be released once available.

Figure 3: High-Grade Gold O’Neil Showing


The O’Neil Gold Trend (OGT) is represented as a pervasive altered and brecciated rhyolite unit hosting significant gold showings and occurences followed by trenching over a strike length of 5.0 km. The favourable unit (rhyolite) is similar and parallel to the structures hosting the “Williams 1” and “Williams 2” Gold Zones with selected drill results of 11.2 g/t over 2.8m, 2.1 g/t Au over 9.0m, and 1.0 g/t over 23m.

These trends are interpreted to be related to a major rifting in the New Brunswick Geological events and could represent a low sulphidation epithermal gold system. Along the OGT, the width of the altered horizon varies from 5 to 250 meters with an average apparent thickness of 150 meters. Numerous quartz veins, quartz veinlets, stockworks, and breccias were observed mostly perpendicular to the major trend and contain the gold mineralization. The OGT has never been drilled and many gold zones were discovered during the summer 2020 exploration campaign. Assays are still pending for the Lynx, Chubby, and Moose Gold Zones.


The Triple Fault Gold Project includes three (3) properties named Williams Brook Gold, Jonpol Gold, and Portage Lake, covering more than 19,500 hectares of favorable gold exploration land package. The project is located about 60 km west of Bathurst with the paved road cross-cutting the property.

Puma is currently focusing its field work on its first priority, the Williams Brook Gold property. The Williams Brook Gold property includes selected drill results of 11.2 g/t over 2.8m, 2.1 g/t Au over 9.0m, and 1.0 g/t over 23m, gold occurrences grading up to 109.0 g/t Au, 50.8 g/t Au, 38,9 g/t Au in bedrock, numerous gold soil anomalies and extremely anomalous till samples with up to 508 gold grains that occur over an area approximately 12 by 3 kilometers.

There has been very limited drilling and exploration in the area mapped to be part of the Dunnage Zone hosting major gold deposits and gold occurrences in siluro-devonian rocks and considered as an emerging gold exploration and development district.


Sample Lithology Type Target/Area Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Released
B485170 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 52.10 95.50 New
B485164 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 16.15 58.00 New
B485154 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 15.05 0.21 New
B484990 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 13.10 0.35 New
B484993 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 3.94 0.11 New
B485169 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 3.23 0.19 New
B485152 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.59 0.25 New
B484875 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.47 21.20 New
B484994 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.37 0.22 New
B484984 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.32 0.08 New
B485165 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.31 1.88 New
B485153 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.23 0.05 New
B484873 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.22 9.33 New
B485171 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.22 3.52 New
B484980 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.21 48.00 New
B484992 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.20 11.00 New
B484979 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.14 10.90 New
B484981 Rhyolite Outcrop Pepitos 0.02 18.20 New
B484877 Quartz vein Outcrop Pepitos 0.01 25.60 New

*Rock chip and grab samples are selective by nature and may not represent the true grade or style of mineralization across the property.


Sample Lithology Type Target/Area Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Released
PA-20-017 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 128.00 21.70 01/10/20
A0753941 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 44.40 13.65 01/09/20
A0753906 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 38.80 2.01 01/09/20
A0753658 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 32.80 8.23 NEW
B484704 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 23.10 0.67 NEW
PA-20-016 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 21.00 6.40 01/09/20
A0753942 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 16.90 0.54 22/09/20
PA-20-020 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 15.95 1.40 01/09/20
PD20-10 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 8.24 1.78 01/09/20
A0753904 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 7.38 2.61 01/09/20
A0753701 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 6.87 1.33 NEW
A0753905 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 6.63 0.65 01/09/20
A0753900 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 6.14 0.54 01/09/20
A0753897 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 5.55 0.48 01/09/20
B485013 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 4.87 0.71 NEW
A0753472 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 3.78 0.95 NEW
B484705 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 3.78 0.69 NEW
A0753901 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 3.57 0.15 01/09/20
B485091 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 2.99 0.84 NEW
A0753898 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 2.94 1.34 01/09/20
A0753651 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 2.22 4.53 22/09/20
A0753702 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 2.04 0.20 NEW
B484746 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 1.86 0.31 NEW
B484703 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 1.80 0.14 NEW
B485077 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 1.76 0.45 NEW
B484731 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 1.59 1.15 NEW
B484749 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 1.49 0.09 NEW
A0753947 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 1.37 0.15 NEW
A0753903 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 1.14 0.09 01/09/20
B484702 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 1.05 0.04 NEW
A0753654 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.97 0.10 NEW
B484735 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.79 0.48 NEW
B485071 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.72 0.56 NEW
B485042 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.67 0.67 NEW
A0753703 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.65 0.07 NEW
B484736 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.60 0.77 NEW
B485065 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.51 1.94 NEW
A0753929 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.46 0.06 NEW
B484732 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.39 0.20 NEW
B485057 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.37 0.08 NEW
B485062 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.37 1.02 NEW
B484701 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.37 0.15 NEW
A0753928 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.34 0.05 NEW
B484730 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.29 0.13 NEW
B485094 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.29 1.57 NEW
A0753988 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.27 0.23 NEW
B485043 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.27 0.08 NEW
A0753782 Rhyolite Outcrop O’Neil 0.25 0.10 NEW
A0753459 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.25 0.16 NEW
B484706 Quartz vein Outcrop O’Neil 0.25 0.07 NEW

*Rock chip and grab samples are selective by nature and may not represent the true grade or style of mineralization across the property.


Dominique Gagné, PGeo, independent qualified person as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101 standards, has reviewed and approved the geological information reported in this news release. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Mr. Gagné is independent of the Company.


Rock samples were bagged, sealed and sent to the facility of ALS CHEMEX in Moncton, New Brunswick where each sample is dried, crushed, and pulped. The samples were crushed to 70% less than 2mm, riffle split off 1kg, pulverise split to better than 85% passing 75 microns (Prep-31B). A 30-gram subsplit from the resulting pulp was then subjected to a fire assay (Au-ICP21). Rock sample ICP results with gold >1g/t were subjected to a metallic screening (Au-SCR24) 1kg pulp screened to 100 microns. Other screen sizes available. Duplicate 50g assay on screen undersize. Assay of entire oversize fraction.


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