This week's column may not seem like much of a story for the outdoors page, but everyone needs to be aware of this problem. I spoke with the animal control officer the other day asking about animal kidnapping. He mentioned that although he thinks there may be a problem, he has no documentation for it. However, he has noticed an increasing problem with animal hoarding. Animal hoarding involves keeping more than the usual number of animals or pets without having the ability or means to take care of them properly.