Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Canadian woman and baby on maternity leave killed by 'bear'

Canadian woman and baby on maternity leave killed by 'bear'

A mother and her 10-month-old baby have been killed in a grizzly bear attack in Canada.

School teacher Valerie Theoret, 37, was staying the region's remote Einarson Lake - 400km north of Whitehorse, the territory's capital - with partner Gjermund Roesholt and their baby daughter Adele Roesholt when the attack occurred.

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

Coroner Heather Jones said the woman appeared to have gone for a walk with her baby daughter at some point between 10am and 3pm when they were attacked by the animal.

Fox News reports that Mr Roesholt shot and killed the animal before discovering Theoret and their daughter dead outside.

The family had been living in the cabin for the past three months.

"About 100 metres from the cabin he shared with his wife and 10 month old child, he was charged by a grizzly bear", the coroner service wrote in the release.

Roesholt, a lifelong hunter and trapper, set off an emergency beacon, alerting first responders in the village of Mayo.

"Being on her maternity leave, now was the opportunity for them to all go as a family. Everybody is totally devastated right now", Mr Beaupré said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Yukon department of environment are continuing to investigate the deaths.

About three years ago, she and Roesholt bought the cabin near Einarson Lake, some 250 miles northwest of their hometown of Whitehouse, planning to spend as much time there as possible.

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