A 14-year-old Pike County deer hunter told authorities he was attacked by a mountain lion this weekend, using a pocketknife to fend off the attack.
The boy was taken by his father to Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, where he was treated, according to Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud.
Jeremiah Dice was bow-hunting on his family’s property when he says a mountain lion crossed his path, according to a KHQA-TV story.
He told the television station that the mountain lion attacked him three times before he was able to injure it with a knife from his pocket. Dice was able to escape and run home with minor injuries thanks to his jacket and hat that protected him from most of the lion’s blows.