SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico judge has order the state Department of Game and Fish to release the email addresses of individuals who applied for state hunting licenses in 2015 and 2016 to Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Dunn requested the information involving roughly 80,000 hunters earlier this year, but the department redacted some contact information including email addresses, citing a new internal policy.

Dunn filed a lawsuit in his personal capacity against the department in May.

The judge in his ruling this week says the department did not cite a legitimate exemption when it redacted the requested information.

Department officials say they disagree with the ruling and plan to appeal, claiming that releasing the information could put customers at risk for identity theft and other crime.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com