Watch: Fighting bears resemble WWE combatants, but really mean it

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Tom Haviland was driving up a mountain road in Tennessee when a WWE fight broke out and halted traffic. The combatants were black bears, and they appeared to be fighting for real, as captured in video taken by Haviland.

By the end of the tussle, both combatants were huffing and puffing, and clearly ready for a long break.

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“Bears communicate their dominance by intimidating their opponent,” BearSmart.com writes. “Bears do not fight with each other unless it’s absolutely necessary. Fight risks injury, and that is not the bear’s objective. It’s all about posturing.”

In this encounter, which occurred August 4 in Gatlinburg, they were possibly posturing over a food source or a mate. But this we know: The battle could have used a referee.

Story originally appeared on For The Win