Grizzly bear mauls schoolteacher and 10-month-old infant daughter to death near remote cabin where family was on maternity leave
Gjermund Roesholt went back to the cabin, near Einarson Lake, at about 3 pm on November 26 and found the bodies of his 37-year-old partner Valerie Theoret and baby Adele Roesholt
A schoolteacher from Canada and her 10-month-old daughter were found mauled to death by an adult grizzly bear this week while they were taking a walk outside their remotely located cabin where the family had been living during her maternity leave period. Gjermund Roesholt went back to the cabin, which is located near Einarson Lake in the Yukon territory, at about 3 p.m. on November 26 and found the bodies of his 37-year-old partner Valerie Theoret, and their baby Adele Roesholt.
CBC News reported that the giant animal that mauled the mother and child was still roaming around the area and charged at the father. This prompted him to shoot the animal dead. The Yukon Coroner's Office stated in a press release that the grizzly bear killed Valerie and Adele while there were probably out for a stroll sometime between 10 am and 3 pm.
Remy Beaupre, Valerie's friend, told the news station that she had been on maternity leave and that the family was at the cabin for the last three months. The couple engages in animal trapping in the heavily wooded area. Roesholt also told authorities that he has spent November 26 morning and afternoon trapping away from the cabin.
As he got closer to the cabin, still not knowing at this point that his partner and infant daughter has been mauled to death, the bear charged at him. After he killed the animal, the devastated man found the bodies of his partner and baby.
Roesholt and Valerie bought the remote cabin close to Einarson Lake about three years ago. It is located 250 miles to the northwest of their hometown of Whitehorse. The couple had bought the cabin with the intention of spending as much time there as possible.
The family friend, Beaupre, said that both Valerie and Roesholt were experienced in surviving in the wilderness and that they were very well-prepared for emergencies. The couple is said to have loved the outdoors.
A spokesperson for Environment Yukon told the news outlet that a necropsy is set to be performed on the bear that killed Valerie and Adele in an effort to find out what caused the attack. Bear conflicts that result in human fatalities are very rare in the area and there have been only three fatalities in more than 20 years.
Bears are said to attack humans generally as a defensive measure, especially if they feel threatened or are protecting their cubs. They also attack as predators sometimes if they do not get enough fat stores for their long hibernation for the winter or are injured, sick, or starving.
According to the information that is available on the environmental group's website, the population of grizzly bears in Yukon is estimated to be between 6,000 to 7,000.