A rabid mountain lion attacked a 10-year-old boy north of Phoenix, scratching the child on the back before being shot to death.

A biologist with the Arizona Department Game and Fish says the boy suffered scratches on his back but wasn't seriously injured during Saturday's attack.

But biologist Randy Babb said Monday that the boy will have to undergo a series of shots after being exposed to rabies.

Game officials have also recommended shots for other people who touched the lion. Someone who was with the boy shot the animal.

Babb says it's not common to find large animals like mountain lions infected with rabies.

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