A good candidate for a top prize in The Morgan Score


Regular readers will know that Simon Lusk and I launched The Morgan Score along with our new hunting and fishing website, The Wild.

Apparently there is a monster feral cat roaming near Lake Tekapo that would be a good trophy and candidate for a winning Morgan Score:

A British tourist says he was left gobsmacked after spying an unusually big cat while on a walk in the South Island.

Nick Baggott was walking around Lake Tekapo peninsula when he and partner, Juli Wood, spied the animal.

“It was probably about 100m to 150m away so we weren’t right up next to it but it looked much bigger than a normal cat.

“I mean, we were looking at it to start with going ‘what is that?’. We then realised it was very cat-like. To me it was like the size of a small lamb, so I would say two to three times bigger than I would expect a cat to be.”

Baggott said they had got to the most northerly part of the walk, close to the lake, when the big cat walked across in front of them in the distance.

“We could see it loping across in front of us and I just got my camera out and pointed at it and got one shot but it didn’t hang around.

“It wasn’t racing but it made off fairly quickly. I’d say it saw us and didn’t want to hang around where we were.”

Baggott and Wood are on holiday from their Reading, London, home to spend Christmas with their daughter in Christchurch.

After their walk, he decided to google “big cats around Tekapo” and were surprised to see other sightings in the past.

“There had been some talk about big cats in Twizel which is where we’re staying at the time.

“I was just amazed by it to be honest, I’ve not seen anything quite like that.”

I’m seriously thinking of putting a bounty on it.

In any case keen hunters could bag the cat and enter it in The Morgan Score to win a cat killing gun.

Here’s a reminder for you on how to measure a cat for the Morgan Score:


-NZ Herald