In his letter to the editor, Earl Stahl trots out Little Red Riding Hood fables about wolves. His arguments hold little credibility.

Livestock farmers frequently blame wolves for their losses even when the mortalities come from birthing problems, disease or weather events. A new study from Washington State University, using 25 years of data, found when wolves are persecuted, they change breeding strategies. Ironically, this leads to an even higher loss of livestock the next year.

Even while Wisconsin wolves face tremendous persecution, they kill few cattle data show. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the cattle inventory in Wisconsin numbered 3.5 million. Of that number, wolves killed 38 cattle, or 0.001 percent. While difficult for a handful of farmers, that tiny loss is remarkable. Wolves generally avoid livestock because wolves prefer to avoid people and subsist on their native prey.