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Illinois Man in Hot Water for Taking Tiger on a Stroll

Man spotted with his Siberian tiger cub in downtown Lockport



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    A suburban Chicago man is facing several misdemeanors after authorities say he took his tiger cub on a walk through downtown Lockport.

    John Basile is facing charges for reckless conduct, disorderly conduct and possession of a dangerous animal after he was spotted with the Siberian tiger cub, named Kahn.

    The 57-year-old runs Big Run Wolf Ranch, an educational facility that cares for wolves, a bear and other large animals. The Joliet Herald-News reports he has an animal exhibitor's license.

    According to reports, he brought the animal to Uncle Richie's bar.

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    Lockport Police Chief Terry Lemming tells the newspaper that officers asked Basile to put the cub in a cage after the pair was spotted downtown earlier this month.

    Lockport is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago.