06/14/2013 11:17 EDT | Updated 08/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Bear tries to break in to car

West Vancouver Police are warning residents to be bear aware, after a car was seriously damaged by a bear trying to pry open the doors.

A homeowner on Craigmohr Road found his car's side windows ripped out and claw marks on the vehicle, along with damage to the doors.

The driver insists there was no food inside the vehicle, but the B.C. Conservation Service says even the faint smell of food is enough to attract a bear.

Police say the damage is a reminder to take all bear attractants out of cars and yards and not to leave food or food wrappers in vehicles.

Earlier this month, a Maple Ridge resident caught a bear standing on its hind legs breaking into a pickup truck.