Lockport Wolf Ranch Man Charged With Taking Tiger to Bar

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
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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lala February 25, 2014 at 06:32 AM
Maybe the woman was drunk!
Dan February 25, 2014 at 07:57 AM
fat,drunk,and stupid is noway to go through life.
Flora Dora February 25, 2014 at 07:59 AM
That fake tiger looks pretty good!
dave February 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM
I know that woman...she celebrates her 50th birthday every weekend and announces to everyone "I'm 50 m-fer!".... I think the tiger was in more danger
Lenny Kravitz February 25, 2014 at 04:21 PM
John is a great guy and knows more about animals than anyone I have ever met. He holds some federal licenses that Brookfield or LP Zoo don't have. Zoos across the country regularly request his expertise re animal husbandry. That being said, I'm sure he regrets his poor decision now. I'm sure the feds will take his animals and shut him down, thus destroying a local gem that not many people know about. Sad day for his animals.


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