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BURLEY, Idaho -- A Canadian company that staked a mining claim on the Sawtooth National Forest in southeast Cassia County has been drilling test holes.

The Times-News reports in a story published Friday that Western Pacific Resource Corp. has been testing the area called Mineral Gulch since 2011.

The company, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, staked the claim at a previous gold mining site in the Black Pine Mining District in south-central Idaho.

Scott Nannenga of the U.S. Forest Service says the company is also interested in re-processing material leftover from previous mining efforts.

Another Canadian company called Pegasus Gold Crop. operated a mine in the area from 1990 to 1997, removing about 500,000 ounces of gold.

Nannenga says restoration efforts have been under way since that mining ended.

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