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Wolf ranch in Lockport raises funds for new tiger enclosure

LOCKPORT – The Big Run Wolf Ranch is looking for donations through a GoFundMe campaign and a fundraising event to help pay for a new enclosure for one of its striped inhabitants.

Shere Khan, a growing 2-year-old, 400-pound Siberian tiger, needs a larger enclosure with a pool, ranch owner John Basile said.

“He’s a big boy right now, but he’s going to get a lot bigger,” Basile said, noting that Khan’s father was 700 pounds and his mother was 500 pounds.

A fundraising account, www.gofundme.com/scn9hzw, was set up a month ago to gather donations for the enclosure. As of Friday, $1,250 was raised.

Basile said the cost of the enclosure will likely range from $10,000 to $15,000. While the current enclosure exceeds federal regulations and requirements, Basile said he wants to extend Khan’s habitat into the “Arctic World” enclosure the ranch is creating.

An annual music night held at the ranch called “Wolf-stock,” a play on the Woodstock music festival, will for the first time also be a fundraiser to help pay for the enclosure.

The celebration starts at noon Sept. 19 and will feature “House of Blues,” a band with harmonicas, horns and guitars. A bonfire and food court will accompany the music. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.

Basile is facing charges of reckless conduct for bringing Khan into several Lockport bars. In one incident in February 2014, Khan was weeks old and weighed 40 pounds. In another in January 2015, Khan reportedly bit a woman’s hand.

Basile said Thursday he didn’t break any laws and no police report was filed on the alleged bite incident. The case is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 24.

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