Harley Shaw grew up in Arizona. He started with the Arizona Game and Fish Department his first summer out of Tempe Union High School, in 1955. He completed a BS degree in wildlife management at the University of Arizona and a MS degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Idaho. From 1963 to 1990, he worked as a research biologist for Arizona Game and Fish Department, carrying out projects on mule deer, wild turkeys, mountain lions, and desert bighorns. He spent eight years capturing and radio-tracking mountain lions near Prescott and on the North Kaibab Forest. The objectives of these studies were to determine lion numbers and to assess their effects on mule deer and cattle. His work on lions led to publication of A Mountain Lion Field Guide, which has gone through four printings. He also authored and co-authored articles on mountain lions in The Journal of Wildlife Management, the 1977 Predator/Prey Symposium sponsored by the American Society of Mammalogists, and the 1983 Wildlife/Livestock Interactions Workshop sponsored by the University of Idaho. He has published popular articles in Arizona Wildlife News, Horse and Rider Magazine, Rifle Magazine, Handloader, and The American Rifleman. He hosted the Third Mountain Lion Workshop in Prescott, Arizona. He was a founding director and past president of the Central Arizona Land Trust, an organization dedicated to preservation of grasslands in central Arizona. He authored a popular book, Soul Among Lions, which mixes yarns of lion capture, results of research, and problems created by the various human interest groups that influence lion management decisions in the West. Soul Among Lions was originally published by Johnson Books in Boulder, Colorado and has more recently been reissued by the University of Arizona Press. A second book, Stalking the Big Bird, was published by the U of A Press in 2004. He was one of 13 members of a working group that wrote and published the Cougar Management Guidelines which was published by Wildfutures, Inc. in July, 2005.
Since retiring from Arizona Game and Fish Department, Harley has continued to write, carry on contract research, and work with volunteer groups in establishing mountain lion population monitoring (track count) programs. He wrote Garden Canyon Watershed-a vision and a mission for the U. S. Army at Fort Huachuca. He has carried out a feasibility study for pronghorn reintroductions in Joshua Tree National Park and an assessment of research needs for pronghorn/predator relations in Arizona. He co-authored a protocol for a sign survey manual for Keeping Track®, a Vermont non-profit organization that specializes in training volunteers to monitor wildlife populations. He carried out a study of historic habitat change in the pinon-juniper habitats of northern Arizona. This work has led to publication of a catalog of early landscape photographs of the Prescott area published by Sharlot Hall Museum, and a report entitled Wood Plenty, Grass Good, Water None published by Rocky Mountain Research Station. Also out for review is an updated version of the Mountain Lion Field Guide. He and his wife, Patty Woodruff, recently completed a general wildlife inventory for Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado, Arizona and have written an ecological history of that site.
Harley now lives in Hillsboro New Mexico, where he has served on the Hillsboro Community Library Board and is currently Chair of the Hillsboro Community Center Board. He is also on the Board of Directors of Hawks Aloft, an Albuquerque-based NGO focused upon raptor conservation. He resides P. O. Box 486. Phone 505-895-5385. Email: email@example.com.