Yukon bear attack: Mother, baby killed in suspected grizzly encounter

Valerie Theoret was taking her baby for a walk when they're believed to have been attacked by a bear.

(CNN)The death of a mother and her young baby from a suspected bear attack has shocked locals in Canada's remote Yukon territory.

Valerie Theoret, 37, and her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, were found dead Monday by Theoret's husband, Adele's father, near Einarson Lake, the Yukon Coroner's Service said.
Gjermund Roesholt was returning home from trapping in the Einarson Lake area when he discovered the bodies of his wife and young daughter lying outside.
    Roesholt had just shot and killed a grizzly bear that charged at him, some 100 meters from the family's home.
    The couple's baby Adele was just 10 months old.
    The family had been living in the remote cabin for three months, the coroner said. According to locals interviewed by CNN affiliate CTV, they loved the outdoors and were familiar with the risk posed by bears.
    "When a tragedy happens in a small community. All the community feels it, it's a shock," Isabelle Salesse, Executive Director, Association Franco-Yukonnaise told CTV.
    After finding his family's bodies, Roesholt made an emergency call to the closest village, Mayo, home to around 200 people, CNN affiliate CBC News reported.
    Word spread quickly through the area, where many people knew the couple and had just months ago been celebrating the birth of their new baby.
    "It's a big, big blow. Everybody is totally devastated right now," their friend Rémy Beaupré told CBC. "Lots of our friends are gathering tonight to mourn a little bit and support each other a little bit."