- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Officials are locked in a fight over getting access to the email addresses of licensed hunters.

The Game and Fish Department filed a lawsuit against the state Land Commissioner to get a determination that redacting the addresses was appropriate, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (https://bit.ly/2kXj7Lf).

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn had requested the names and email addresses of licensed hunters in November. The department provided the names, but said that on April 1 it started redacting hunters’ email addresses and other personal identifiers.

Dunn spokeswoman Kristin Haase said the addresses would improve communication. “The emails are simply a tool to better communicate with this particular constituency and promote good stewardship of State Trust Lands while they are hunting and fishing,” Haase said in an email.

Haase said Dunn “anticipated such a request wasn’t out of the ordinary. It is our understanding that other special interest groups received this information prior to the change in policy at the Department of Game and Fish.”

Jason Amaro, the New Mexico spokesman for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, said he has received the information when he worked at another organization in the past.

“It was pretty easy to get,” Amaro said. “The department made me sign a form that said I wouldn’t use it for certain purposes, but I am not sure if they can actually enforce it.”

One of the previous clashes between Dunn and the department was over a fee increase.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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