Man opens car door to find bear has broken in and ripped seats to shreds

A man who opened his car door was shocked to find a huge black bear that had ripped his seats to shreds looking for food.

Joseph Deel is seen in a video clip shared on TikTok unlocking his white Nissan car in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and finding himself face to face with the bear.

In one clip the bear is seen trying to open the car door with his mouth with an alarm sounding in the background.

When Mr Deel opens the door the bear pops his head out. Mr Deel’s friends start to shout to scare the bear away.

Another clip shows the damage done to the inside of the car by the animal.

Mr Deel in the video says: “My car is absolutely destroyed.”

“I don’t know if it’s salvageable. My poor baby car – look at those marks. Look at the seatbelt.”

The car seats look like they have been chewed and teeth marks are seen on the seatbelt.

Surveying the damage, he said: “That car door is completely torn off and I have no more battery.”

Surveying the damage, he said: “That car door is completely torn off and I have no more battery.”

There are 1,600 bears in the Chalet Village national park.

Black bears have poor eyesight but can spot food using their excellent hearing and sense of smell.

They are very good at climbing,

Black bears kill less than one person a year on average, according to the North American Bear Center.

It’s reported that thousands of break-ins happen at national parks every year when tourists leave food unattended, causing damage worth thousands of dollars.