A 6-year-old camper was pulled from the jaws of a mountain lion by a 16-year-old counselor who likely saved the youngster's life, officials said.

Dante Swallow was hiking Friday on Marshall Mountain near Missoula with other campers and counselors when the lion attacked him."I don't remember kicking the animal," said Aaron Hall, who rushed to Swallow's defense. "I was just using my hands. I was waving and just getting him off."

The animal released the youngster and slinked off as Hall and others tended to puncture wounds on his neck and scratches on his back and abdomen. Swallow was treated and released at a hospital.

Game wardens, deputies and houndsmen tracked, treed and killed the lion shortly after the attack.