In the early 1970s, lynx pelts increased in value and brought from $200 to $500 for a period of years. This high value led to increased trapping pressure and concern among trappers that lynx harvest should be regulated more closely. As a result, more restrictive seasons have been established in some parts of the state, with the goal of limiting harvest when lynx productivity and survival are low, thereby maintaining breeding populations that can prosper when prey are again abundant.
Fur prices fluctuate, and between 2004 and 2009 the average value of a lynx pelt ranged from $104 to more than $300. In the 2008–09 season, the average price paid was $104, and the total value $745,650, making lynx the most important furbearer in the state.