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BOZEMAN - Authorities have released the names of two men killed in weekend avalanches in southwestern Montana.

Travis Engstrom, 35, of Bozeman, died in a snow slide near Cooke City late Saturday afternoon, said Park County Coroner Al Jenkins.

Kirk Hewitt, 50, of Belgrade, died in an avalanche south of Ennis just before noon Saturday, said Madison County Sheriff Dave Schenk.

An avalanche dog helped searchers find Engstrom's body Sunday.

Engstrom had been riding with a group of friends on Crown Butte next to Daisy Pass when his sled got stuck at about 5:30 p.m., the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center reported.

As he worked to free his sled, it began to tumble downhill, triggering an avalanche.

South of Ennis, Hewitt was with a group of 14 experienced snowmobilers who were "just pleasure riding and not taking any chances," Schenk said.

When the group stopped in a meadow, they noticed that one person was missing.

Schenk said they dug Hewitt out of the snow and performed CPR for at least 20 minutes but were unable to revive him.

Also Saturday, Joshua J. Jenkins, 21, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, died in an avalanche on Mount Jefferson in southwestern Montana. Beaverhead County Coroner Ron Briggs said Jenkins was with two companions who were not caught in the avalanche, which happened around noon.

Jenkins was buried under 8 feet of snow, officials said.

Brett Mackert, commander for Fremont County Search and Rescue, said the snowmobilers were engaged in high-marking, or riding up the side of a mountain to see how high they can go before having to turn around.

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