Wildlife biologist Steve Bates, left, checks for an ear tag on a bull bison while Bob Middlemas, right, tries to detract the animal and control its head at Antelope Island State Park on Monday, November 10, 2014. Most years, the large bulls are not rounded up with the rest of the herds due to their aggressive nature. This year, all of the animals were brought in so that genetic testing could be down in order to see if there are cattle genes mixed in with the herd.
Riders carry their bikes over a pair of barriers during the Utah Cyclocross State Championships at Mt. Ogden Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Designed especially for poor weather, cyclocross races involve multiple laps on short courses filled with obstacles. At the state championships, riders had 45 minutes to an hour to try and complete as many laps as possible on the 1.7 mile course which included hurdles, a fence hoping and numerous sharp, slick turns.
Kara Fierro kisses her husband Isaac Eaves after Fierro's first attempt at a difficult new move in their pole fitness class at Kairos Fitness in Ogden on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Fierro is battling cystic fibrosis, a deadly genetic disease that has been getting worse in recent years. "Sometimes I do feel hopeless and depressed, but exercise has really helped me a lot," says Fierro. During Fierro's recent hospital stays, she set up a pole and a hoop in her hospital room to help stay active and positive.
Kirsten Bahr, left, explores Heaven's Gate Cave while John Cox waits for a free rope to climb out on Wednesday, August, 14, 2013. Bahr, a geology graduate student at USU, is measuring caves in the region as part of her master's thesis project. The large ice structure on the right, named St. Peter by local cavers, changes shape throughout the year but never fully melts.
Eric Chabot lets a young golden eagle flap its wings after attaching a solar transmitter to its back at a nest site near the Utah/Nevada border on June 11, 2014. Biologists from HawkWatch International attached the devices as part of a project to track young eagle populations. After putting the 45 gram transmitter on, Chabot lets the eagle move its wings to make sure everything fits properly.