July 10 (UPI) -- A North Carolina couple captured photos of their car being destroyed by a bear that opened an unlocked door and trapped itself inside the vehicle.
Michael and Ashleigh Watkins said they awoke Wednesday morning at their North Asheville home to a sheriff's deputy knocking at the door.
The deputy had some bad news for the couple -- there was a bear wreaking havoc inside their SUV.
"He opened the door himself," Ashleigh Watkins told WHNS-TV. "My husband and the deputy waited for a game warden to arrive. Once he did, the warden opened the door and let the bear out."
She said the bear must have been drawn to the car by the promise of snacks, however scarce.
"I had gum and a protein bar in there," she told WLOS-TV.
Watkins said the car was "totaled," with the interior "completely destroyed" by the bear.
She said the game warden believed the bear to be young.
"He seems to be an adolescent," Watkins said. "He's bigger than a cub, but not full grown according to the game warden. He also has an injured paw on his right leg."
The couple said there was one silver lining to the situation -- the damage was covered by their insurance company.
"Insurance did cover this," Watkins said. "The description on the claim is 'animal attack.'"