Competent Bush People'
- Nov 28, 2018 -

'Competent bush people'

Beaupré said the couple bought their remote trapline about three years ago, and tried to spend as much time as they could in the wilderness. They were avid outdoors people with lots of experience, he said.

"It was the plan all along to go there and spend a lot of time there, but Valérie couldn't really take a lot of time off because she was a teacher," he said.

"Being on her maternity leave, now was the opportunity for them to all go as a family. So they just took their baby and went out on the trap line.

"They were, I'm 100 per cent sure, well-prepared for anything that could have happened. But, you never know."

Brian Melanson is a fellow trapper in the area. He said his trapline neighbours the one owned by the couple. He'd only met them a few times, he said, but it was clear to him that they knew what they were doing in the wild. 

"These are competent bush people," he said. "It's not from lack of experience. 

"It's going to be devastating to the community, because it's going to hit home to everybody. You know, we go out there, all of us, we take our wives and our children, and we live out there," he said. 

Even though winter is around the corner and bears will be going into hibernation, there are still plenty of them around, he said. "We had seen bear tracks out even in the middle of December last season ... the mild falls, you know, they're still out and roaming around."

Offers of support

Melanson said other local trappers are ready to offer any help they can to Roesholt. 

"He's going to need support, and lots of it — from everybody."

Yukon's coroner is still investigating the incident, along with RCMP and Yukon's department of the environment.

Whitehorse Elementary School officials sent notification of Théorêt's death to parents on Tuesday, and said there was a support team at the school for staff and students.

A statement from Michele Royle of Yukon's department of education called Théorêt "a valued educator," and said she will be dearly missed by staff and students.

"We work with the school to identify and address needs. People react to tragic news differently, and at different times. Some people do not feel the full impact for days or weeks," the statement said.