Canadian mother, baby killed in suspected bear attack

KILLED Valerie Theoret was killed alongside her daughter in a remote cabin

The service said it learned of the deaths on Monday from Theoret's husband, Gjermund Roesholt, who said he was charged by the grizzly bear about 100 metres outside the family's cabin.

He found the bear, shot it, and later found his family dead near the cabin, officials said.

A woman and her 10-month-old baby were killed in the Yukon on Monday after getting mauled to death by a grizzly bear.

After shooting the bear dead, he returned to his cabin and found the bodies of his wife and child outside.

The coroner's office believes the mother and daughter were out for a walk sometime between 10:00 and 15:00 when the incident occurred. It also went to friends of the couple.

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"It's a big, big blow".

Their bodies were discovered by the child's father not far from their cabin on the shores of Einarson Lake, more than 250 miles (400 kilometers) northeast of Whitehorse, the Yukon's only city.

Theoret, originally from Quebec, and Roesholt, who came to Canada from Norway, were experienced outdoorsmen.

That call went to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment in Mayo, a village of 200 people and the closest settlement to the cabin. Theoret was on maternity leave from her job teaching Grade 6 French immersion at Whitehorse Elementary School in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. "Everybody is totally devastated right now", friend Remy Beaupre told the CBC.

RCMP and Yukon's department of the environment are assisting the coroner's service with its ongoing investigation.

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