A mother and her 10-month-old daughter were killed Monday by a grizzly bear in Canada, CBC reports.
Valérie Théorêt and daughter Adele Roesholt were staying in a remote cabin in the Yukon near the Northwest Territories border. The 37-year-old’s husband, Gjermund Roesholt, told police he was coming back from checking his traps when he was charged by a grizzly bear about 330 feet from the cabin. He shot the bear dead, but when he got back to his cabin he found that his wife and child had been attacked by the animal, according to a statement from the Yukon coroner’s office.
The family had been living in the remote community, which is about 250 miles north of the Yukon Territory’s capital, Whitehorse, for about three months while Théorêt, an elementary school teacher, was on maternity leave.
While grizzly bear attacks are rare, this is the fourth deadly attack in North America this year.
Théorêt’s friends have paid tribute to her following the news. Madeleine Piuze told CBC: “It’s so hard to believe it. She will be remembered as a woman so strong and positive and loving and generous and respectful — and respectful of nature, as well. Like, she was just a nature lover. Just an amazing woman. The best friend ever.”
Isabelle Salesse, executive director of Association Franco-Yukonnaise, described Théorêt as “full of energy, known across the community because she was involved in many things.”
“What struck me was that [Théorêt] was always smiling. She had this huge smile. … Her baby was following the same way,” she said.
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