A young mother and her baby girl were the tragic victims of a suspected grizzly bear attack in a remote area of Canada on Monday, according to officials.
Gjermund Roesholt, the husband of Valerie Theoret, 37, and father of 10-month-old Adele Roesholt, of Yukon, discovered his family members dead at about 3 p.m. after having his own encounter with a grizzly bear who reportedly charged the man before the devastating find, according to CBC News.
He had apparently already shot and killed the animal before finding the bodies of his loved ones in a remote cabin they had been staying at on Einarson Lake, in Yukon.
Yukon RCMP and Yukon Coroner's Service are investigating the death of two individuals following a suspected bear attack on November 26, northeast of Mayo, near the NWT border. Environment Yukon is assisting with the investigation. More information will be released soon.
— Yukon RCMP (@YukonRCMP) November 27, 2018
“It appears they [Theoret and Adele] had been out for a walk when the incident occurred, sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” the Yukon coroner’s office stated in a news release.
The family of three had been staying at the cabin for the past few months. Valerie, a teacher, had taken maternity leave, according to the news station.
“It was the plan all along to go there and spend a lot of time there, but Valerie couldn’t really take a lot of time off because she was a teacher,” Remy Beaupre, a family friend, told CBC. “Being on her maternity leave, now was the opportunity for them to all go as a family. So they just took their baby and went out on the trap line.”
The friend added that the family appeared to be “well-prepared” for the vacation, but also acknowledged that anything can happen when staying in such an area.
Jim Shockey, a Canadian host for several hunting shows, including “Uncharted,” weighed in on the case via Facebook. He wrote the encounter was probably preventable, but regulations place a limit on bear hunting.”
“IF the grizzly [hunting] quota had been increased, to a level that it must be to prevent tragedies like this from happening, there is a high probability, that one of our Rogue River clients would have killed that grizzly long before it had the opportunity to kill Valerie and Adele.”
[Feature Photo: Valerie Theoret & Adele Roesholt/Family Handout]