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Trending: A Man Walks into a Bar With a Tiger ...

A man faces criminal charges after bringing a tiger into a bar on a leash.

By 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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Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 08:26 AM
To the extent we can prevent the type of change desired by Michael Moore, the better off we are. No-one reads Patch for issues of great political substance except those involving such issues at the local level as this is a local site and while Patch now thinks it will increase its advertising by installing trending news, issues of national importance are unlikely to attract national readership unless Patch expands its column upon an article. If a person wants such issues there are major outlets such as NYT, WP, WSJ, Huff Post for those who can stomach it, Drudge (and you lefties can't stomach that). Patch doesn't have anything to fear from presenting such issues except perhaps under the Obama administration which has increased legal action against whistleblowers and attacked press freedom greater than any administration. Period. But this digresses far from the issue of this article.
rubberband February 27, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Tigers rule.
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Not if they're from Detroit!
rubberband February 27, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Agreed. The fuzzy real kind rule. I want one. I'd train it to bite lame people.

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