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    Although it looks like Mike is whispering something in Jake's ear, he's really just mouthing the other bear in an invitation to spar. Young males love boxing and wrestling to get in shape for the serious challenges that occur later. Even when challenges are over access to food or a female in estrus, bears usually avoid fatal or even very damaging fights. Practice sessions like those shown in the next few photos provide the diplomatic skills needed to avoid serious problems in "real life."

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