THIS is the moment a hungry bear smashed its way out of a car after it became locked inside while hunting for food.
Dramatic footage shows the beast as it comes crashing through the window before climbing out and casually crawling away.
It then entered a nearby house where it ransacked the kitchen and helped itself to a bag of muffin mix, according to vehicle owners Alex and Nicole Lissenden.
They got the shock of their lives when they found the animal “thrashing around” inside their Honda Odyssey at the weekend.
In the footage, Alex is seen sprinting away from the car as he comes face- to-face with the grizzly occupant inside.
Seconds later, alarms scream and glass shatters as the bear’s paws slam against the window.
Recalling the terrifying moment in Asheville, North Carolina, Nicole told the Citizen Times: “He tore all of the kids’ car seats out and tore up the seats to the car. He was just thrashing and clawing trying to get out of that van.”
Karen Brown, whose house the bear chose to break into, also had a lucky escape. She told the website: “The bear went into our house and into our kitchen.
“He went through three drawers and then pulled out some muffin mix. Then he went into the garage to eat it.”
But according to Karen, her intruder walked right past freshly baked pumpkin bread and a steaming pot of chilli on the stove.
She added that she’s careful to not leave rubbish out.
“The bears have been a problem lately,” she said. “It used to be we would yell at them and they would scatter. Now, you yell at them and they just stare at you.”
In this case, Karen and her husband were able to get the bear to leave by hollering at it.
The mountains of North Carolina have about 6,000 bears roaming around, including about 150 in Asheville’s city limits, and interactions between them and humans have become more common.