The eagle has landed: Minnesota veteran shoots rope to free stuck eagle

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Freedom lived to fly another day this Fourth of July weekend thanks to a U.S. Army veteran who shot a rope that tangled an eagle in a tree.

Jason Gervais, who served two tours in Afghanistan, was visiting his cabin in Rush City, Minnesota, when he spotted an eagle, now named Freedom, hanging by its legs about 75 feet off the ground, according to KARE 11.

Gervais and his wife called the sheriff, the city hall and the state Department of Natural Resources, but they were told the eagle had been up there for at least two days and was already dead, according to Jackie Gervais Galvin on Facebook.

But the couple wasn't convinced, so Jason Gervais borrowed a .22 rifle with a scope from a neighbor, and after 150 shots he sniped the 4-inch long rope, freeing the bird, ABC News reports.

The eagle, untouched by the bullets, was taken to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, the Facebook post says. The bird is recovering well, according to the Star Tribune.

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