- Canadian school teacher Valerie Theoret, 37, was mauled to death by a bear along with her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, Monday.
- Mom and baby were out for a walk near their cabin on Einarson Lake in the Yukon territory when the grizzly bear attacked and killed them.
- When Theoret’s boyfriend returned, the same bear attacked him as well, but the man was able to kill the animal.
- Gjermund Roesholt then approached the cabin and found the bodies of his girlfriend and baby.
- The family had spent the past three months at the remote cabin trapping animals in the wood.
An investigation into last fall’s fatal grizzly bear attack in Yukon has found that there was nothing Valérie Théorêt could have done to save herself or her infant daughter.
Officials are calling it a predatory attack by an emaciated male grizzly bear that was desperately looking for food before hibernating.
Théorêt, 37, and 10-month-old Adèle Roesholt were mauled to death in November 2018 outside their remote cabin at Einarson Lake, more than 400 kilometres northeast of Whitehorse. They were spending the fall at the cabin with Théorêt’s partner and working their trapline.
Théorêt, originally from Quebec, was on maternity leave from her job as a teacher.
Gjermund Roesholt was out checking the trapline on Nov. 26 when the attack happened. He returned to the cabin that day to be confronted by the bear, which he shot dead before finding the bodies of his partner and daughter.
“This was a very difficult case, I think, for all of us involved,” said Yukon’s chief coroner, Heather Jones, at a sombre news conference on Wednesday to present her findings.
“I spent a lot of time with the family through this whole process, and most recently as we prepared for today. This is a very tough moment for the family … I thank them for allowing me into their process, for doing the work we needed to do.”