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Panning For Gold In Panama For Fun and Profit

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Panning For Gold
Panning For Gold
By DON WINNER for - Received this afternoon via email: "Don, Thanks for providing a service for all of us in the english speaking community. It helps us keep up to date on what is going on out there in the community. Since you are always reporting on all these mining issues on your website and are always updating on what is going on with Petaquilla. I was wondering if you knew anything about gold prospesting in Panama since you seem to have a keen interest with gold in Panama. I have been unable to find anything on the internet related to the questions below. You here of the local Kuna's prospecting for gold in the rivers of Panama and was wondering if it is OK for foreigners to participate in this hobby. Do you know if you need to get a prospecting license and if so where can you get one? Have you heard of problems with the locals or with police from people who have been prospecting in Panama. I apologize for the questions at hand as I know that you get some real "out there questions" and I hope this is not one of them. If you can help me out with some info or where to get some info it would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Richard."

Editor's Comment: I've often wondered the same thing myself. To be honest with you, I have no friggin' idea. Back when the US military bases were still here the Outdoor Recreation office would put together these "gold panning" day trips to the interior. They would load about 20 or 30 people into a bus, take them up into the mountains somewhere, and spend the day panning for gold. Now, I never went on that particular trip so I don't know exactly where they were going. And I have heard news reports about locals who engage in gold panning along the rivers, mostly when they get shot or killed or robbed by people who want to steal their gold. I don't know if it's even regulated. There's obviously "gold up in them hills" and it rains a whole lot in Panama, so obviously over the thousands of years, gold has been washed down into the streams and rivers. But as a hobby, I simply don't know. If it were me I would start by trying to find some locals who are doing it somewhere. If you just wanted to screw around as an interesting hobby, and not get serious or try to "stake a claim" or whatever, then they would probably be willing to entertain your presence, at least for awhile. And, they would be able to tell you the details of what you can do, what you can't do, and what will get you killed. Good luck, and happy hunting.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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