On Monday at about dusk Valerie’s Theoret’s partner, returned to their cabin in Northern Yukon.
He was attacked by a grizzly bear but being an experienced hunter he was able to shoot and kill the animal.
With the bear dead on the ground he went looking for his family.
He found the bodies of Valerie and their 10-month-old daughter Adele’s just a few feet from the cabin.
According to the coroner the two had been out for an afternoon walk when they encountered the bear.
The couple bought their remote trapline about three years ago, hoping to spend as much time in the wilderness as possible.
Valerie was a grade 6 teacher at an elementary school in Whitehorse. She was still on maternity leave.
So the family was using the time to introduce their new baby to the outdoors that they loved.
Brian Melanson is the president of the Yukon Trappers Association. He knew the couple well.
“It’s definitely going to be devastating the community because it’s going to hit home. We go out there – those that can and those that go for longer periods. It reiterates that we’re still a part of the food change.” Brian Melanson/President of the Yukon Trappers Association
What was meant to be a happy time together in a beautiful part of the North, has turned into a horrific ending for a man left to mourn his partner and his baby daughter.