Silver Bear Announces Private Placement Financing

May 25, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2012) - Silver Bear Resources Inc. ("Silver Bear" or the "Company") (TSX:SBR) is pleased to announce that it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement financing of units ("Units") for the sale of up to 8,075,000 Units at a price of $0.345 per Unit for gross proceeds in the amount of $2,785,875 (the "Offering"). Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company (a "Common Share") and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to acquire a Common Share at the exercise price of $0.58 per share for a period of up to 36 months following the closing of the Offering.

The Company intends to use the gross proceeds of the Offering to finance its previously announced exploration program (see press release dated April 2, 2012) and initiation of the Bankable Feasibility Study for the Mangazeisky Silver Project and for general working capital purposes.

The Common Shares, the Warrants, and the shares issuable upon the exercise of the Warrants, are subject to statutory resale restrictions for a period of four months and one day following closing of the Offering. Closing of the financing is expected to occur on or about June 15, 2012 and remains subject to receipt of regulatory approval, including final approval of the TSX.

Silver Bear Resources Inc.

The primary business of the Company is the evaluation, acquisition, exploration and development of silver properties in the Russian Federation. The Company's principal focus is the Mangazeisky exploration lease, over which Silver Bear has exclusive exploration rights. It is located approximately 400 kilometres north of Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia in the Russian Federation.

Silver Bear Resources Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and its common shares trade under the ticker symbol "SBR". Silver Bear has 48,578,902 issued and outstanding common shares. Other information relating to Silver Bear is available on SEDAR at as well as on the Company's website at

Forward-Looking Information

This release and subsequent oral statements made by and on behalf of the Company may contain forward-looking statements, which reflect management's expectations. Wherever possible, words such as "intends", "expects", "scheduled", "estimates", "anticipates", "believes" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Silver Bear cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. A number of factors could cause events and achievements to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such risks factors include but are not limited to risks factors identified by Silver Bear in its continuous disclosure filings filed from time to time on SEDAR. These factors should be considered carefully and prospective investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve significant known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may cause Silver Bear's actual results, events, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Although Silver Bear has attempted to identify important risks and factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors and risks that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and Silver Bear assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, unless otherwise required by law.

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Contact: Dominique Vaillancourt
Company Name: Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Contact Title: Manager, Investor Relations
Phone: 416-309-4397
Contact: Mark Trevisiol
Company Name: Silver Bear Resources Inc.
Contact Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 416-309-2131