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nDash Writer Profile for Shelby Huff


Former wildlife guide turned writer with wide-ranging experience, from news articles and blog posts to magazine features and academia. Particular interest in health, environmental, and travel.

About Me

I’m Shelby Huff and I’m a writer and editor focusing on outdoor, environmental and natural health topics.

I spent my 20s following bears around the American West. I worked as a park ranger, bear guide and wildlife guide. Over the course of six years, I spent nearly every day between spring and fall telling stories about wild animals in a compelling way to CEOs, prominent Hollywood figures, businessmen from New York, and many other individuals who had set out to see the West. Every day was different. No day was dull. There was always a story to tell at the end of the day, and usually before breakfast too. The West made it easy to find a quotable character to shape a story around.

I entertained myself in the off-seasons by learning Spanish in Argentina, living on a boat in the Caribbean, bikepacking solo in Tasmania and New Zealand, and exploring more of the deep pockets of the West with my truck as a home base. While collecting these experiences and stories, I also worked as a copy editor, features reporter and content writer.

Now, I am back home in my native Pacific Northwest helping others share their stories in a captivating way. I'd love to help you tell yours.


Certificate in Editing from the University of Washington

BA in Anthropology, Spanish, Western Washington University

Industries I Write About

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My Writing Samples

Actually, No One Can Tell You How to Survive a Grizzly Bear Attack

Opinion piece featured in Adventure Journal in response to an Outdoor Magazine article on bear safety and behavior.


Florida Does Not Have a Bear Problem, They Have a People Problem

Opinion piece on the consequences of Florida's mismanaged bear hunts.


11 Commandments for Dating a Park Ranger

Culture Guide for Matador Network


15 Differences Between a Normal Friend and a Boat Friend

Culture Guide for Matador Network


5 Things We Stand to Lose if a Gondola is Built in the Grand Canyon

Argument against development at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.


The Real Ketchikan

Essay featured in Alaska Magazine.


Riding with the Vets

Feature in Jackson Hole News & Guide.


Yellowstone's Grizzlies

Full Title: Yellowstone's Grizzlies Are Essential to our World, So Why Aren't We Fighting Harder to Preserve Them? Piece featured in Matador Network.



Trip Specialist

Company: REI - REI Adventures

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Wildlife Guide

Company: Four Seasons Resorts

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Copy Editor

Company: Jackson Hole News & Guide

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Bear Guide

Company: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

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Park Ranger

Company: National Park Service

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Content I Write