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Canuck the wolf made an appearance with Big Wolf Ranch owner John Basile during Wild Fest Jan. 26 at Bolingbrook High School. Photos by Jesse Wright/22nd Century Media
Rainah Basile shows how timid coyotes are with Montana, her family’s coyote. Even though it’s been raised in captivity by people, the animal declined to come out of its carrier.
Yoki the lynx seemed more content to laze on the floor at Wild Fest, than to show off.
Jesse Wright, Freelance Reporter
4:30 am CST February 17, 2020

Hundreds of area residents got a chance to interact with an alligator, snakes, birds and other rare or exotic animals Jan. 26 at Wild Fest.

The annual event — hosted for the first time by Bolingbrook High School — brings together exotic animal keepers from the region, though the highlights were Lockport’s Big Run Wolf Ranch and Jim Necsi’s Cold Blooded Creatures. 

John Basile, the founder and president of Big Run Wolf Ranch, said he enjoys doing community outreach.