Canada-based Taku Gold has acquired an additional 213 claims by staking approximately 45km southeast of DawsonCity in the White Gold District of Yukon.

These claims were added onto an existing 12 claims staked earlier as part of the Sulphur property and to fill an area of open ground between the Sulphur property to the north and the Montana property to the south.

Together with the original 12 claims, the recently staked claims form the 225-claim, 4658-hectare Bishop property.

In October 2010, Taku completed a 5-hole drill programme on the original 12 Bishop claims in order to test a strong, southeast trending conductor on the margin of a magnetic high associated with unusual placer gold grains found in bedrock samples collected by mechanical auger drilling.

The drilling intersected a zone marked by shearing, quartz veins, stockworks and breccias, and weak sulphide mineralisation, and the structure generally follows an ultramafic, metasediment contact.

Sample results are pending for a 1000-sample soil geochemical survey recently completed on Taku’s Portland property as well as rock samples collected from six trenches dug with an excavator late in October.

Taku Gold president Zak Dingsdale said the company has been aggressive on the acquisition side and now has one of the largest land packages in the White Gold District with nine properties covering over 59,000ha.