Idaho boy, 10, escapes clash with mountain lion

By JESSIE L. BONNER | September 23, 2011 | 3:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State wildlife managers in Idaho say a 10-year-old boy who encountered a mountain lion in rural Boise County escaped with minor scratches — and concerns that his friends at school would not believe his story.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says the mountain lion was tracked down and killed after the encounter late Thursday.

Senior Conservation Officers Matt O'Connell says the boy came across the mountain lion while searching for a missing hunting dog with his father near their home about 15 to 20 miles northeast of Boise.

O'Connell says the boy ran from the predator but stumbled and fell. It was then the mountain lion took a swipe, scratching the boy's arm and hand, before the dad fired his rifle and scared the predator away.