Army veteran saves trapped eagle by shooting it free

RUSH CITY, MN (WCMH) — A sharp shooting Army veteran saved the life a juvenile bald eagle by shooting it down from a tree.

Jason Galvin said he saw the bird dangling upside down at the end of a tree branch about 75 feet in the air. The bird’s foot was caught in a rope.

Jason and his wife Jackie initially called multiple agencies for help, but say they were told that no one could help the eagle, and that it was most likely dead.

Jackie knew that just wasn’t true.

“I told them they were wrong and it was very much alive and somebody needed to help it immediately! They all said sorry but there was nothing they could do.

I told Jason he had to shoot it free! He was nervous as he didn’t want to get in trouble for shooting at an eagle but I know with his sharp shooter skills that if anyone would save this eagle it was him!”

Jason borrowed a .22 rifle from a neighbor, and began shooting at the rope which was only a few inches long. After about an hour and a half and 150 shots the bird was free, fell into the woods. Jason and Jackie retrieved the eagle, and placed it in a dog carrier.

A state conservation officer took the bird to The Raptor Center for treatment. Jackie said amazingly no bullets hit the eagle, and it is expected to make a full recovery.

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