Two killed in suspected bear attack in Yukon: RCMP

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

CBC News reported that the bear that killed Roesholt's family was still roaming about and charged at him, prompting the man to shoot and kill the animal.

A woman and her 10-month-old daughter were killed by a grizzly bear at a cabin in a remote part of the Canadian territory, authorities say.

The deceased are believed to have been out for a walk when the bear approached Monday, sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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

"It's a big, big blow".

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Theoret's friend Remy Beaupre told the station Valerie had been on maternity leave, and the family had spent the last three months at the cabin, engaging in animal trapping in the heavily wooded area. "Everybody is totally devastated right now", Beaupre said.

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

In a tweet, Yukon RCMP called the incident a "suspected bear attack". "Lots of our friends are gathering tonight to mourn a little bit and support each other a little bit". They had settled in the cabin during of Ms Theoret's maternity leave from teaching at a Whitehorse primary school.

The couple also offered wilderness guiding tours to tourists, as well as handmade products made from animals they trapped and hunted, according to their website.

Yukon RCMP and Yukon coroner's service are investigating the deaths, while the territory's environment department and forensic identification team are assisting.

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