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West Vancouver police share photo of car destroyed by bear

West Vancouver police have shared a photo over social media in hopes of reminding residents what can happen if you leave food inside your vehicle.

Police ask residents to 'remove any food from the interior of your vehicles'

West Vancouver police estimate a bear did up to $10,000 worth of damage to this car to get to food left in it by its owner. (West Vancouver Police Department/Twitter)

West Vancouver police have shared a photograph over social media, which they hope will remind residents of the perils of leaving food in their vehicles.

"It's something that I've seen in the last couple years especially in the British Properties where the bears are so active," said Cpl. Trevor Griffiths about the photo of a car that appears to have been ripped apart.

Griffiths said the damage was reported by a resident near Taylor Way and the Trans Canada Highway around 10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday.

Originally the vehicle's owner told police they thought someone had broken into their car, but upon inspection, officers realized the culprit had been a bear.

One window was smashed, the leather seats were torn apart and even the side air bags were ripped.

"It's probably about $10,000 worth in damage," said Griffith who added that food had been left behind in the car.

​with files from Lien Yeung.