Thanks all for presenting me with the two suggestions I have been comtemplating. There are, of course, other harsher methods of resolving my problem, but (rest assured) I would never consider such options. I do, however, tend to be inclined toward the last 3 posters, as I (make that we) in no way wish to adopt a colony of feral cats ( fixed or not). The property is completely walled, as most properties down here are, and so putting food and water outside the compound or across the street in the woods I think would (1) not neccesarily lure the cats there, and (2) most certainly not keep them there, as we all know they have become accustomed and dependent to my new property. So, unless someone has a large property, on which they would be willing to accept feral cats (and hope they adjust to it) , I fear I will be forced into the second option discussed above. Thanks again all.