LOCKPORT, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man is facing several misdemeanors after authorities say he took his tiger cub on a walk through downtown Lockport.
The Joliet Herald-News reports 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 newspaper reported he has an animal exhibitor’s license.
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.
The Associated Press left messages with the ranch seeking comment.
Lockport is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago.