About a week ago a feral momma cat and her 4 kittens appeared in our back yard. I don't mind feeding them (good thing, because the women took over and the kitties are soooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuttteeeee!!!!!!). But if you have 5 feral cats, in a year you have 100, so something had to be done.
Luckily, we have the Valley Veterinary Clinic Charitable Non-Profit Corporation in our area. The same day I called them I got a call back. The next day two really nice ladies showed up with traps and cat food for bait. We set the traps this evening. I just checked, and about 1 1/2 hours after setting the traps we have three of the little darlings caged. Tomorrow, the lady comes back to collect our catch (hopefully, all 5). She will take them to the clinic where they will be examined, given shots, fixed, and marked (an ear tip clipped off). A couple of days from now, they will be returned to my back yard - where I will continue to feed them - but only them, not their endless progeny.
So we have trapped 3. Mighty hunter! According to the experts, feral cats aren't real trap savvy. As long as they are hungry (we stopped feeding this AM) and food is available, they will enter the trap. I hope so. I have visions of having to pit my skills against the wiley wild cat, better and better baits, camouflaged traps, beaters working through the bush driving the panicked prey into the cleverly laid pitfall . . . .