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Bringing Your Tiger to a Bar is Illegal, Ranch Owner Learns

The owner of Big Run Wolf Ranch was charged with bringing a tiger into a Lockport bar.

While this is not a real tiger, the one a guy brought into Uncle Riche's bar actually was, police said. Credit: Joseph Hosey
While this is not a real tiger, the one a guy brought into Uncle Riche's bar actually was, police said. Credit: Joseph Hosey
JOLIET, IL — A man and a tiger walked into a bar, police said, which is apparently against the law in Illinois.

The owner of the Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, John Basile, was charged with reckless conduct and possession of a dangerous animal in connection with the Feb. 16 incident at Uncle Richie's bar on Ninth Street.

Basile, 56, "brought a tiger restrained only by a leash and unmuzzled into a bar open to the public with patrons inside," according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Will County court.

The tiger "endangered the safety" of a woman in the bar, according to the complaint.

Basile could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Big Run Wolf website lists the ranch's "newest addition" as a Siberian tiger named Shere Khan.

The site says the ranch is a "federally licensed non-profit educational facility specializing in North American wildlife," and that it is home to eight wolves, a black bear, a cougar, a skunk, a woodchuck, three coyotes, two porcupines and a horse.

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Kelly Kelly February 26, 2014 at 04:11 PM
GlendaOz I've read your comments and I feel confident with mine. Mr Basile lacks common sense and has no business endangering the animals or the public with his poor judgement. I've known about Mr Basile and his property for 20 years. His recent behavior warrants the interest of authorities. You don't have to agree with me.
Jacklynn Bowers February 26, 2014 at 04:25 PM
I really wonder what makes GlendaOz such an expert on how much knowledge other people have. She (or he since it's obviously a fake name) must be one of Basile's groupies.
Stacy Miller February 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM
A tiger walks into uncle Ritchie's , says hmm patrons , they taste GGGGREAT!! Oh my bad that was Tony the Tiger
Honestly IPO March 10, 2014 at 06:22 PM
5 minutes of fame....... channel 5. Changing stories....

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