Bear Creek announces positive Corani drill results expanding silver mineralization; Phase 3 drilling begins at Santa Ana



    VANCOUVER, April 19 /CNW/ - Bear Creek Mining (TSX Venture: BCM) ("Bear
Creek" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from twenty-three
additional drill holes (5,336 meters) from the Corani project. This brings the
total drilling on the project to 76,625 meters in 455 drill holes and the
total number of holes since the last resource update (6 December 2006) to 127.

    
    Highlights of this release include:

        -  Minas Corani: Drilling extends mineralization an additional 70m to
           the northwest with C-198 returning 53m @ 96 g/t Ag, including
           18m @ 185 g/t Ag

        -  Corani Este: Drilling on the northwest extension continues to
           intersect mineralization, including C-196A returning 28m @
           62 g/t Ag

        -  Mineralization remains open to north under post-mineral cover

        -  Drills moving to untested targets; first priorities new anomalies
           west of Main Corani and east of Gold Zone
    

    Andrew Swarthout, President and CEO, stated "Drilling demonstrates that
silver-base metal mineralization continues to expand under post-mineral cover.
The on-site emphasis is shifting to the drilling of untested targets located
elsewhere in the district for new discoveries under thin cover. Drilling will
begin with the recently identified silver-gold mineralization in the hanging
wall of Main Corani. The drills will move onto other untested targets during
the coming months; follow-up drilling will be designed upon encouraging
results. After almost two-years of intensive drilling, mineralization is still
open and the Corani District remains under-explored as evidenced by targets
recently defined by surface sampling that contain both silver and gold
anomalies."

    
    THE LATEST DRILL HOLE RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    CORANI ESTE
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                    Comments
                                         Inter-                       (PMT
           Azi-  Inclin-                  val    Silver              (equal
    Drill  muth  ation   Total             (m)   (grams               sign)
    Hole  (deg-  (deg-   Depth  From  To  True    per    Lead  Zinc Post Min-
    No.   rees)  rees)    (m)    (m)  (m) Width  tonne)  (%)   (%)  eral Tuff
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-196   70    -70   305.05   232  286   54     24.2   0.6   0.1     0-191
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-196A  250   -70   256.50   173  236   63     40.0   0.7   0.1     0-173
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                     204  232   28     62.2   1.1   0.1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-202   70    -70   101.10   No significant intervals                0-46
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                        Cover
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-202A  250   -70   104.10    41   48    7     25.3   0.9   0.1      0-41
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                        Cover
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------



    MINAS CORANI
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                    Comments
                                         Inter-                       (PMT
           Azi-  Inclin-                  val    Silver              (equal
    Drill  muth  ation   Total             (m)   (grams               sign)
    Hole  (deg-  (deg-   Depth  From  To  True    per    Lead  Zinc Post Min-
    No.   rees)  rees)    (m)    (m)  (m) Width  tonne)  (%)   (%)  eral Tuff
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-197    70   -70   265.90    88  106   18     22.1   1.4   0.1      0-82
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-197A  250   -70   231.15    58   82   24     17.9   1.1   0.1      0-58
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  96  116   20     30.0   0.9   0.1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-198    70   -70   223.15    93  146   53     96.4   0.9   0.1      0-93
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                     118  136   18    185.0   1.3   0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-198A  250   -70   232.70    81  154   73     53.5   0.8   0.2      0-81
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                      82   88    6     95.7   2.5   0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    and                          100  120   20     71.2   0.7   0.1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-199    70   -70   271.80   172  242   70     35.9   0.8   0.1     0-172
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-199A  250   -70   287.20   152  158    6     58.3   1.6   nil     0-147
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-200    70   -70   295.60   164  180   16     55.4   0.5   0.1     0-164
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 264  274   10     45.2   0.2   0.4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-200A  250   -70   230.30   146  184   38     19.5   0.3   0.4     0-140
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-201    70   -70   170.00   100  164   64     33.8   0.3   0.1      0-98
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                     138  150   12     72.5   0.4   0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-201A  250   -70   223.45   102  176   74     46.6   1.0   0.1     0-102
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                     140  168   28     61.0    1.1  0.1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-203    70   -70   278.10   107  128   21     26.7    0.5  0.1     0-107
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-203A  250   -70   297.00   107  176   69     22.7    0.4  0.1     0-107
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 190  238   48     22.1    0.2  1.1
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                     218  226    8     65.0    0.3  1.8   194-278
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                      0.9% Zn
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-204    70   -70   218.10   122  164   42     21.9    0.2  0.1     0-116
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-204A  250   -70   211.35   No significant intervals               0-140
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-205    70   -80   338.00   115  194   79     24.8    0.4  0.1     0-115
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                 218  300   82      nil    nil  0.8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                     238  258   20      nil    nil  1.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-205A  250   -70   293.10   110  190   80     31.5    0.3  0.1     0-110
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-206    70   -80   174.30    57   94   37     17.7    0.2  0.1      0-57
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-206A  250   -70   119.20    64  104   40     28.3    0.2  0.1      0-64
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C-207    70   -70   208.90    80  156   76     28.5    1.2  0.1      0-80
                                                                       (equal
                                                                        sign)
                                                                         PMT
    

    Please refer to Bear Creek's website at www.bearcreekmining.com for drill
hole locations, trench assay maps, previously reported drill intervals and
detailed assay results. To access the silver drill hole map directly please
refer to http://www.bearcreekmining.com/i/pdf/2007-04-18_CDR.pdf

    Minas Corani - Drilling has concentrated on extending mineralization to
the northwest of Minas under post-mineral tuff cover. New results have
extended mineralization an additional 70 meters to the northwest with drill
holes C-198, C-198A, C-201A and C-205A. Drill holes C-201A and C-205
(containing 74m returning 46.6g/t Ag and 1.0% Pb and 80m returning 31.5g/t Ag,
respectively) indicate that the mineralized structures continue to the north
with long intercepts of silver and base metal mineralization.

    Corani Este and Minas / Este Connector - Drill holes C-196A and C-199
continue to indicate mineralization open to the northwest of Este as well as
extending between Corani Este and Minas Corani at the head of the glacial
valley.

    Corani Main- New Target defined- Additional surface rock-chip sampling in
the hanging wall of the main silver-lead structure located 500 meters to the
west of the main zone has discovered new silver-gold mineralization. Results
of this sampling include 6m averaging 50g/t Ag and 640ppb Au; 4m averaging
214g/t Ag; 2m at 6.0g/tAu. The outcrop samples are taken over a 600 meter
length in a northwest orientation, parallel to the Main Corani structure.
Drilling of these untested targets will begin immediately as the results
indicate that mineralization remains open at Main Corani.

    Gold Zone- Recently completed trenches in the foot wall of the Gold Zone
have returned the following assays:

    16m @ 1.800g/tAu / 47 g/tAg
    4m @ 1.335g/t Au / 78 g/t Ag
    4m @ 4.153g/t Au / 170 g/t Ag
    8m @ 1.866g/t Au / 88 g/t Ag
    6m @ 1.766 g/t Au / 36 g/t Ag
    8m @ 1.111 g/t Au / nil Ag

    These trenches represent continuous 2m chip channel samples and are
located approximately 50 to 250 meters east of the main structure previously
tested by thirty eight drill holes and extend over an area 300 x 400 meters.
Drilling of these new targets will commence in early-May.
    Two drills continue on the project exploring extensions under cover
primarily in Minas Corani and the hanging wall of Main Corani as well as
additional hanging wall exploration in the gold zone to the south.

    
                           SANTA ANA PROJECT UPDATE

    Phase 3 drilling commenced on 18 April 2007 with approximately 2500m
planned. New holes will offset mineralization discovered in Phases 1 and 2 and
will test new areas with significant surface silver values. Also, a soil
sampling program flanking the known mineralization to the north, south and
southwest was initiated on 17 April to test for blind mineralization in those
areas.
                               OTHER PROJECTS
    

    El Abuelo - Bear Creek completed 1090 meters of drilling and has received
all assays. Intervals ranging from 2m @ 2.8g/t Au to 18m @ 1.4g/t were
intersected; however mineralization is extremely discontinuous. In keeping
with Bear Creek's exploration philosophy, the target concept was quickly
drill-tested. Based upon the drill results, the option agreement has been
terminated.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.

    Regulatory footnotes:

    All of Bear Creek's exploration programs and pertinent disclosure of a
technical or scientific nature are prepared by or prepared under the direct
supervision of David Volkert, P.Geo., Bear Creek's Vice President of
Exploration, who serves as the qualified person (QP) under the definitions of
National Instrument 43-101. All diamond drilling has been performed using HQ
diameter core with recoveries averaging greater than 95%. Core is logged and
split on site under the supervision of Bear Creek geologists. Sampling is done
on two-meter intervals and samples are transported by Company staff to Cusco,
Peru for direct shipping to ALS Chemex, Laboratories in Lima, Peru. ALS Chemex
is an ISO 9001:2000-registered laboratory and is preparing for ISO 17025
certification. Silver, lead, and zinc assays utilize a multi-acid digestion
with atomic absorption ("ore-grade assay method"). The QC/QA program includes
the insertion every 20th sample of known standards prepared by SGS
Laboratories, Lima. A section in Bear Creek's website is dedicated to
sampling, assay and quality control procedures.

    Certain disclosure in this release, including management's assessment of
Bear Creek's plans and projects, constitutes forward-looking statements that
are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to
Bear Creek's operation as a mineral exploration company that may cause future
results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such
forward-looking statements. (*)Any reference to the potential quantity & grade
of mineralization at Corani is conceptual in nature, there has been
insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource on the property and it
is uncertain if further exploration will result in discovery of a mineral
resource on the property. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements. Bear Creek expressly disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.




For further information:

For further information: Andrew Swarthout, President and CEO, or Patrick
De Witt, Investor Relations, Phone: (604) 685-6269, Direct: (604) 628-1111,
E-mail: info@bearcreekmining.com; For further information, please visit the
Company's website (www.bearcreekmining.com)


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