Silver Bear Resources Inc.

Silver Bear Resources Inc.

December 21, 2011 13:01 ET

Silver Bear Achieves Significant Milestone With Exploration License Extension for its Mangazeisky Silver Property in Yakutia, Russia. Silver Bear to Pursue Mining License in 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2011) - Silver Bear Resources Inc. ("Silver Bear" or the "Company") (TSX:SBR) is pleased to announce that it has obtained an extension on its exploration licence for its Mangazeisky Silver Property in Yakutia, Russia. The extension has been granted to December 31, 2012 by Rosnedra, the Russian federal authority that governs access to explore and extract natural resources in Russia.

Silver Bear is also pleased to announce that it has submitted its Russian Feasibility Study ("TEO") to the applicable Russian Federal authorities. Submittal of the TEO is the first step to furthering the property towards having a mining license. Upon a successful regulatory review of the TEO, Silver Bear will receive a "Certificate of First Discovery" which can then be used in the application process for a mining licence on the property. On average the term of a mining license can extend between 10 and 20 years and allow for both exploration and mineral extraction.

"We are happy to have received the exploration license extension into 2012, allowing us to continue to explore the Mangazeisky property without interruption. In addition to the positive news on the license extension, we continue to make progress towards our goal of achieving a mining license on Mangazeisky in 2012," stated Mark Trevisiol, President and CEO of Silver Bear.

As shown in Figure 1, the exploration license covers an area of approximately 570 square kilometres. The property hosts more than 100 silver occurrences in a major north-northwest trending mineralized structure that stretches along a 35 kilometre corridor. Recent drilling (see announcement December 5, 2012) has confirmed management's belief in the potential to grow the current NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate of 17.9 million ounces silver at 518 Ag/t of indicated mineralization and 30.5 million ounces silver at 562 Ag/t of inferred mineralization (see press release of March 28, 2011 for details regarding the mineral resource estimate). Figure 1 highlights that the area containing Silver Bear's NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate (Vertikalny) represents a very small land tenure in this total license area.

FIGURE 1 is available at the following address:

  • Note: Assays in Figure 1 that are outside of the listed NI 43-101 resource are historical assays which have been collected in accordance with Federal Russian Subsoil sampling standards and are outside of the current NI 43-101 sampling protocol.

Mark Trevisiol P.Eng, President and CEO of Silver Bear and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.

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