Bear Attacks Car In West Vancouver: Police

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A Mazda 3 was extensively damaged after a bear allegedly attacked it in West Vancouver. (West Vancouver Police Department)
A Mazda 3 was extensively damaged after a bear allegedly attacked it in West Vancouver. (West Vancouver Police Department)

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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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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