West Vancouver police are reminding people that bear season is in full effect after an animal allegedly tried to break into a resident's car.

A homeowner on Craigmohr Road found extensive damage to a Mazda 3 on Thursday, with the side mirrors torn off, denting in the doors and the roof and doors bent and pulled partly open with several claw and paw marks, the police said in a news release.

The attack happened despite the homeowner claiming that they left no food or other attractants in the car, and it isn't clear what prompted the attempted break-in.

Police are nevertheless warning people in the area to clear their homes of anything that might attract bears. The Conservation Officer Service says that even a food wrapper left under a seat is enough to attract the aggressive animals.

Check out what a bear may have done to a car in West Vancouver:

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  • This gallery shows pictures of a car that was attacked by a bear in West Vancouver.

The incident comes after an increasing number of human-bear encounters in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

Just last week, a black bear was seen opening a car door in Maple Ridge, just like a human would.

Then on Tuesday, two bears had to be shot after fighting outside a Coquitlam home.

And on Thursday, a B.C. conservation officer said that a black bear was likely dead after it attacked a llama and killed a goat in Surrey.

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