While mascots bring some comic relief and family fun to sporting events, they are also meaningful and beloved symbols of our teams.
They represent the spirit and prowess of our players, our universities, our towns--even of our selves.
So when tiger and bear grapple, it may begin as clownish antics, yet all too often it escalates.
As the handfuls of faux fur are torn up and strewn about, reputations, egos and prides are at stake.
Click on to see 15 of the most ferocious furry fracases in mascotdom.