Canadian trapper Gjermund Roesholt found himself immersed in a scene that could have come from the silver screen adaption of "Jeremiah Johnson" just last Tuesday. After killing an aggressive grizzly that had charged him, he returned home to find his wife and child had been mauled to death by the same bear.
Norwegian-born Gjermund Roesholt was running the Yukon Territory trap line he had purchased three years prior when a grizzly charged him less than a 100 yards from his homestead. Roesholt was “forced to shoot the bear dead,” according to a report by the Yukon Coroner’s Office. He was almost home when he made the horrific discovery.
After killing the charging bear on his way home, Roesholt stumbled upon the bodies of his partner, Valérie Théorêt and their 10-month-old baby, Adele Roesholt, just outside their wilderness cabin located some 500 miles east of Anchorage, Alaska. Their lifeless bodies showed signs of a mauling, likely by the same bear that had attacked Gjermund.
After making the gruesome discover, Roesholt made an SOS call with his SPOT satellite messenger. Reports from the Canadian Broadcasting Company indicate the message went out to Royal Canadian Mounted Police stationed in Mayo, a village of 200 people and the closest settlement to the cabin, as well as to friends of the couple.
The family had been living together in the remote area near Einarson Lake while Valérie Théorêt was on maternity leave from her job as a French immersion teacher in the Whitehorse school 250 miles away, the story says. The family’s social media pages showed their love for the outdoors, with images depicting the family thoroughly enjoying the hunting, fishing, and foraging lifestyle they had gone to great lengths to partake in.