Grizzly Kills Mother and Baby

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

A Yukon trapper made a horrifying discovery Monday when returning to his remote cabin after an afternoon of trapping. 

When Gjermund Roesholt was about 300 feet from his cabin, a grizzly bear charged him. He shot the animal dead and then came across the bodies of his wife and 10-month-old baby.

Chief Coroner Heather Jones said in a statement reported by CBS News that 37-year-old Valérie Théorêt and her 10-month-old daughter Adele Roesholt were apparently out for a walk near the cabin Monday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the bear mauled them.

For the past three months the family had been trapping in the Einarson Lake area near Mayo, a village about 250 miles north of Whitehorse, Yukon's capital.

Théorêt was on maternity leave from her job teaching French at a grammar school in Whitehorse. Her friends are, of course, heartbroken over the news.

"It's a big, big blow," friend Rémy Beaupré told the network. "Everybody is totally devastated right now."

The coroner is investigating the bear attack, along with Yukon's department of environment and RCMP.

This incident makes the fourth deadly attack in North America linked to grizzly bears this year.

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