A Canadian family is in mourning after the remains of a couple and their dog have been found following a deadly attack by a grizzly bear. The couple, Doug Inglis and Jenny Gusse, both 62 were experienced hikers who went out on a two week trip into the Red Deer River Valley west of Ya Ha Tinda Ranch. The victims’ family received a distressing SOS message reading ‘Bear Attack Bad’ just as the incident was occuring.
Canadian park officials were unable to do a helicopter rescue due to bad weather and when officials arrived on the scene, tragedy had struck. The couple alongside their Border Collie had been mauled by a female bear, which also was found shot dead at the scene.
Doug’s uncle Colin spoke with CBC, a Canadian broadcasting company, about the incident. “They are a couple that loved each other and loved the outdoors. And they were highly, highly experienced in being out back, whether it be serious treks or canoeing, whitewater canoeing in the North country,” he said.
“That night was a start, obviously, of what’s continuing to be a grieving process. You have that notification, you know that something bad is happening. You don’t have a lot of information,” Inglis said.
Colin stated that the couple simply had been in the wrong place at the wrong time.