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Rescuers dig frantically after an avalanche in Missoula’s Rattlesnake Valley on Feb. 28, looking for a boy buried in the snow. (Tom Bauer/The Missoulian)

Boy tried to lick, bite way out after avalanche

NEW YORK – An 8-year-old western Montana boy who spent about an hour buried in the snow after a deadly avalanche roared into his backyard says he tried to “lick and bite” his way out before becoming tired and falling asleep.