Bear Creek's Santa Ana drilling continues to expand silver mineralization including high-grade intercepts on the perimeters of the Open Footprint



    VANCOUVER, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Bear Creek Mining (TSX Venture: BCM) ("Bear
Creek" or the "Company") is pleased to announce results from fifteen
additional diamond drill holes (3,483 meters). Drilling at Santa Ana now
totals 20,060 meters in 113 drill holes. Santa Ana is located 200 kilometers
south of the Company's world class Corani silver-base metal deposit in
southeastern Peru. Highlights of this press release include:

    
    -   Drill hole SA-48 intersects 128 m @ 70.4 g/t Ag, including 32m
        @ 171.9 g/t Ag and 1.2% Zn.

    -   Drill hole SA-50 intersects 98m @ 75.2 g/t Ag, including 14m @
        100.7 g/t Ag, 10m @ 141.0 g/t Ag and 0.9% Zn, and 8m @
        312.5 g/t Ag.

    -   Drill hole SA-55 intersects 162m @ 56.9 g/t Ag, including 20m @
        105.5 g/t Ag and 30m @ 102.7 g/t Ag.

    -   Drilling under thin soil cover continues to intersect high-grade
        mineralization within lower-grade halos.

    -   Mineralized footprint measures 1.8km x 850m and remains open to the
        north, south and west.
    

    Andrew Swarthout, President and CEO of Bear Creek, states "We are very
encouraged that the drilling continues to expand the footprint of the silver
mineralization at Sana Ana even as we complete the first resource estimate.
The deposit remains open in all directions where mineralized drill holes are
already up to 500 meters beyond the limits of the data being included in the
resource block model. Importantly, higher-grades are still being intersected
near-surface with step-out drilling, indicating that several possible vectors
still exist for increasing resource at higher-grades as the district is
explored and geologic understanding increases. Preliminary column leach
testing strongly points towards a low-cost heap leach extraction. Santa Ana
presents a very developable, straight-forward silver deposit with excellent
upside potential."
    Drilling results are as follow. All intercepts are down-hole lengths and
true widths have not been calculated.

    
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    Drill       Azi-  Incli- Total  From    To   Inter- Silver  Lead   Zinc
    Hole        muth  nation Depth   (m)    (m)   val   (grams   (%)    (%)
    (No.)      (deg-  (deg-   (m)                 (m)     per
                rees)  rees)                      DTH    tonne)
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    SA-48         90    -60  260.0     34    162   128    70.4    0.4    0.8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           92    124    32   171.9    0.6    1.2
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    SA-48A       270    -60  206.2     52    132    80    49.0    0.3    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           70     82    12    90.5    0.4    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    and                               124    132     8   247.0    1.2    0.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-49        280    -60  286.3    150    264   114    37.5    0.4    0.8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                          230    248    18    93.0    0.5    0.8
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-49A       100    -60  252.5     44     50     6    30.3    0.1    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      106    112     6    69.3    0.4    0.2
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                                      124    130     6    36.3    0.2    0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-50         90    -60  239.2      6    104    98    75.2    0.4    0.7
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                            8     22    14   100.7    0.8    0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    and                                30     40    10   141.0    0.3    0.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    and                                54     62     8   312.5    0.5    0.5
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      174    184    10    50.4    0.2    0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-50A       270    -50  283.1     60    106    46    50.4    0.6    0.6
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-51        300    -60  170.5           No significant intervals
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    SA-51A       120    -60  233.3      0    124   124    34.3    0.2    0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           30     46    16   122.1    0.4    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-52        120    -60  281.8      0     74    74    27.0    0.1    0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           36     40     4    88.0    0.3    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-52A       300    -50  235.5      2     56    54    21.0    0.2    0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           18     22     4    81.5    0.5    0.4
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    SA 53        270    -50  217.1            No significant intervals
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    SA-53A        90    -50  148.8     14     48    34    84.9    0.4    0.7
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           24     42    18   125.0    0.5    0.9
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-54        290    -60  211.6     16     58    42    31.4    0.1    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                           50     56     6    84.7    0.2    0.3
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-54A       110    -60  173.1     12     54    42    34.3    0.1    0.2
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SA-55        120    -60  284.0      0    162   162    56.9    0.4    0.6
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    includes                            4     24    20   105.5    0.4    0.4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    and                                42     46     4   139.0    0.3    0.2
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    and                               110    140    30   102.7    0.5    0.9
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    (Full drill results can be found at www.bearcreekmining.com. To access
    the silver drill hole map directly please refer to
    http://www.bearcreekmining.com/i/pdf/pdfDHmapSantaAnaFINALDec17.pdf
    / To access the Santa Ana Cross Section A-A':
    http://www.bearcreekmining.com/i/pdf/pdfSectionASantaAnaFINALDec17.pdf)
    

    Drilling continues to intersect blind, high-grade structures within large
halos of lower grade heap-leach material (SA- 48, 49, 50, 51A and 55). Initial
drill testing under the post-mineral tuff cover to the west of the mineralized
footprint has successfully intersected blind, high-grade structures (SA-48 and
48A). The continued intersection of mineralization under cover, in conjunction
with a rock grid sample anomaly of 90 g/t Ag on the west side of the
post-mineral tuff cover, indicates that the mineralization could continue to
the west for an additional 200 meters beneath shallow, untested cover. Rock
and soil grid anomalies to the south have now been drill tested with
significant intersections (SA-55) validating these methods for exploration
under cover. Soil and rock geochem sample grids are now being expanded. Due to
Christmas Holidays, drilling was temporarily suspended on December 14 and will
commence again with 2 rigs on January 14, 2008. An additional drill is being
considered during Q1 '08. Data is being assembled that will allow for the
first resource estimation anticipated in early 2008.

    Santa Ana Metallurgy

    The column tests have been completed at McClelland Labs, Sparks, Nevada.
The material is now being rinsed and the residual leached rock is being
assayed to determine the final recovery values and reagent consumptions. The
Company expects the results of the final assays by the end of the year. The
results of these column tests will form the basis for the processing component
of the Preliminary Economic Assessment anticipated in Q1 '08.

    Santa Ana Resource and Engineering

    Independent Mining Consultant is completing their work on the geological
block model and Bear Creek will use this model to determine the first resource
estimate. The Company expects the resource estimate to be complete early next
year. Independent Mining Consultants will be preparing preliminary mining
plans for the project that will be utilized in the upcoming Preliminary
Economic Assessment.
    Several engineering studies are being performed by the Vector Engineering
office in Lima Peru to establish the costs of the heap leach and
infrastructure components of the project. These studies will be incorporated
into the upcoming Preliminary Economic Assessment. Andrew Swarthout, President
and CEO of Bear Creek, comments "We are very pleased with the progress of the
engineering elements that are being assembled for the scoping study in Q1
'08."

    Exercise of Option

    Bear Creek has exercised its option under its agreement with a Peruvian
individual on December 12, thus acquiring ownership of an undivided, 100%
interest in the Santa Ana silver project.

    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 and/or Marc Leduc, P. Eng., Vice President of Technical Services
and the President and CEO, Andrew Swarthout, P.Geo., who serve as the
Qualified Persons under the definitions of NI 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 Juliaca, 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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