Bear destroys woman's car after getting trapped inside - FOX 35 News Orlando

Bear destroys woman's car after getting trapped inside

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

From the outside, Heather Smith's 2003 Toyota Matrix just looks muddy.

Smith said it got this way a couple nights ago, when she and her dad heard their dog barking outside her house in Paisley.

"And I thought, 'Well he's just barking to get back in the house,' " Smith said of her dog.

There was actually bear crawling around inside Smith's car.

When they first heard the noise outside, they weren't sure what was making it, so Smith's dad came outside and looked inside the car.

That's when he saw a bear.

So he decided to open the door to car and run.

"Why is a bear in my car? How did he get in my car?" Smith asked. "Because I know my windows were up and my doors, you know, my doors were shut."

The bear had somehow gotten inside the car and locked the doors.

"At this point, I'm freaking out, because he was just in my car, and it's a new car. I thought, 'How bad did he tear up my car?' "

Pretty badly, it turns out.

"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."

And there are what appear to be teeth marks on the steering wheel.

"My car is destroyed," Smith said.

All the damage leaves the single mother of two, including one who is disabled, without transportation.

"It's a really... hurtful and... hard thing to swallow when you know that now, you can't get your kid to the doctor or the hospital in case they need to go," Smith said.

"It's hard to believe that a bear ate your car," she said.

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