In addition to wolves the legislation covers bears, wolverines, lynx, and golden eagles.
Besides the EU review, the legislation also has to pass parliament, where the government lacks a majority. Both the opposition Green and Left parties say the proposed ceiling for the wolf population is too low, while the Social Democrats have not taken a position yet.
Farmers and reindeer herders complain that wolves and other predators kill too many of their animals, although they are compensated by the state for lost livestock. Conservationists are concerned that the Swedish wolf population is too inbreed, and say that a larger population is needed to maintain genetic diversity.