Bear gets inside car in Florida and wrecks interior

May 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

PAISLEY, Fla., May 8 (UPI) -- A Florida woman said the interior of her car was "destroyed" by a bear that somehow managed to lock itself inside the vehicle.

Heather Smith said she and her father heard their dog barking outside their home in Paisley recently and her father went outside and spotted a bear inside her 2003 Toyota Matrix, WOFL-TV, Orlando, reported Wednesday.

Smith said her windows had been up and her doors had been shut, but the bear somehow managed to enter the car and lock itself inside.

Smith said her father opened the door to the car and ran away to allow the bear to escape.

"My driver seat is bare to the metal," Smith said. "The back head rests ... are half eaten and eaten off. The interior headlining is shredded. You can see the teeth marks in it and scratch marks."

She said the bear also appears to have chewed on the steering wheel.

"My car is destroyed," Smith said.

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