The Morgan Score – How to Measure Your Wild Cat

The Morgan Score is New Zealand’s first trophy scoring system for Wild Cats. It is loosely based on the Douglas Score for Antlered Game, the Boone & Crocket Score and the Pope & Young Score. It is run by The Wild, the new outdoors blog we are putting together. We are still seeking sponsors for the Morgan Score winner, so if you care about the environment and would like to sponsor the score please email us.

Wild Cats are a destructive menace in the New Zealand outdoors, and only one politician has ever been brave enough to tell the truth about them. That man is Gareth Morgan, and this is why we have named the Morgan Score after a politician with the rare ability to tell the truth about difficult issues.

To measure your cat you will need a soft tape measure and the ability to add.

Nose to Tail Length is X

Tail Length (Top to Tip of Tail) is Y

Girth at widest point is Z

Bonus for a Tom Cat is 10 cm

Total Morgan Score equals X + Y + Z + Bonus

Measure to the nearest mm.

Email a photo or a link to a video of your cat being measured to cam [at] thewild.co.nz

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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