West Kirkland Files TUG Resource Estimate on SEDAR

Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:00am EDT

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West Kirkland Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WKM) ("West Kirkland" or the
"Company") has filed on SEDAR a National Instrument 43-101 Standards of
Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") compliant technical report
on its TUG project, located in Utah along the Utah-Nevada border,
following the company's news release on June 1, 2012 announcing a maiden
gold/silver resource estimate on the deposit. The resource estimate, as
reported by independent consultant, Caracle Creek International
Consulting Inc. ("Caracle Creek") comprises an inferred mineral resource
of 679,000 gold equivalent ounces(ii) contained in 27.1 million tonnes at
0.49 g/t Au and 15.8 g/t Ag for a gold equivalent grade of 0.78 g/t
AuEq(ii) using a 0.1 g/t Au cut-off.

    The TUG resource is primarily a near surface oxide resource that may be
amenable to open pit mining and heap leach extraction for gold and
silver. Approximately 34% of the tonnes of the resource, representing 44%
of the AuEq ounces, are located within 40 meters of surface, providing
potential for low stripping and mining costs as well as short project
lead times. West Kirkland has the right to earn up to a 60% interest at
TUG pursuant to an agreement dated December 14, 2010 with Fronteer
Development (USA) Inc. (now a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation).

    West Kirkland's immediate plans following up on the TUG resource are to
complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (Scoping Study) on TUG while
adding to the Company's overall resources with regional exploration for
other near surface gold deposits. Approximately 3,000 meters of RC
drilling is planned on the 12 Mile property, located 10 kilometers west
of TUG. Samples collected from a recently constructed drill pad on 12
Mile returned an average grade of 0.33 g/t Au and 1.00 g/t Ag over
approximately 29.0 meters, in well oxidized and highly altered rocks in
the same stratigraphic position as TUG. Within the 29.0 meter section,
6.1 meters of samples oriented normal to structure returned an average of
0.56 g/t Au and 1.2 g/t Ag. Previous sampling at a nearby surface
location returned grades including 1.73 g/t gold in separate parallel
structures, which are now targeted for drilling (see July 3, 2012 news
release). Other drill targets include the Toano and Lewis Spring
properties. These targets were generated by West Kirkland through a
combination of more than 9,000 detailed soil samples, geological mapping
and geophysical modeling. 

    TUG deposit Mineral Resources Statement

    Prepared by Jason Baker, P. Eng. of Caracle Creek International
Consulting Inc. ("Caracle Creek") May 29, 2012 and accepted by the
Company on May 30, 2012.

                 Quantity  Grade  Grade     (ii)                     Ounces
                  (tonnes)    Au     Ag    AuEq  Ounces      Ounces     (ii)
Area  Category         (i)   g/t    g/t     g/t      Au          Ag    AuEq

TUG   Inferred 27,110,000   0.49   15.8    0.78 431,400  13,844,800 679,000

    (i) Reported at a cut-off grade of 0.1 g/t Au. Mineral resources that are
not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

    (ii) AuEq was calculated assuming 100% metal recovery using a metal price
ratio between Ag and Au (Ag:Au)= 0.018 (AuEq= Au+(Ag x 0.018))

    The NI 43-101 technical report is effective June 1, 2012 and titled
"Independent Technical Report and Estimated Resources for the TUG
property, Utah, USA" and can now be viewed on SEDAR (www.SEDAR.com) and
on the Company's website. 

    Independent, NI 43-101 compliant inferred mineral resources at the TUG
property were estimated by Jason Baker P.Eng. (APENS#9627), a Geological
Engineer with Caracle Creek and an independent qualified person in
accordance with the independence tests set out in NI 43-101. The inferred
mineral resources are reported in accordance with National Instrument
43-101 (the "Independent QP") and have been estimated in compliance to
the latest CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral
Reserves. Mr. Baker has read and approved this release. 

    Data, Verification, Quality Control and Assurance

    Julie Selway, Ph.D., P.Geo, a Senior Geologist with Caracle Creek
(APGO#0738) and an independent Qualified Person, verified the analytical
data used to create the inferred mineral resource estimate. Sherri
Hodder, P. Geo, a geologist with Caracle Creek, has visited the property.

    Michael G. Allen, Vice President of Exploration for West Kirkland, and a
non-independent qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has reviewed
and approved the technical information in this news release other than
the inferred mineral resource estimate, including but not limited to the
plans of the Company. He is the non-independent qualified person for the
purpose of this news release.

    About West Kirkland 

    West Kirkland was formed in 2010 to focus on gold exploration along major
trends in North America. The Company has consolidated significant mineral
rights positions in the Kirkland Lake area of Ontario and within major
gold trends of northeastern Nevada - two of North America's premier gold
jurisdictions. The founders and Board of West Kirkland have successful
gold discovery, development and mine operations experience in both
Ontario and Nevada over the past 40 years.

    Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

    This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning
of Canadian securities laws. Such information includes, without
limitation, information regarding mineral resource estimates, proposed
exploration activities and potential mining and extraction techniques to
which the deposit may be amenable. Although the Company believes that
such information is reasonable, it can give no assurance that such
expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information is
typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate,
intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which,
by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors
that any forward-looking information provided by the Company is not a
guarantee of future results or performance, and that actual results may
differ materially from those in forward looking information as a result
of various factors, including, but not limited to, the state of the
financial markets for the Company's equity securities, the state of the
market for gold or other minerals that may be produced generally, recent
market volatility; variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any
mineral deposits that may be located, the Company's ability to obtain any
necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its
activities, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to
implement its business strategies and other risks associated with the
exploration and development of mineral properties. The reader is referred
to the Company's public filings for a more complete discussion of such
risk factors and their potential effects which may be accessed through
the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. As actual results and
future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements and information, readers should not place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements or information. Except as may be required by
law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise
any forward-looking statements or information, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.

    Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors Regarding Estimates of Inferred Mineral

    This press release uses the terms "inferred mineral resources." We advise
U.S. investors that while these terms are recognized and required by
Canadian regulations, the SEC does not recognize them. "Inferred mineral
resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and
great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot
be assumed that all or any part of an "inferred mineral resource" will
ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of
"inferred mineral resources" may not form the basis of a feasibility
study or prefeasibility studies, except in rare cases. The SEC normally
only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute
"reserves" as in-place tonnage and grade without reference to unit
measures. The terms "contained gold ounces" and "contained silver ounces"
used in this press release are not permitted under the rules of the SEC.
U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that any part or all of an
inferred resource exists or is economically or legally mineable.

    Neither the 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.

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones
(604) 685-8311

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
Michael Allen
(604) 685-8311

West Kirkland Mining Inc.
Knox Henderson
(604) 685-8311

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James Beesley

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