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RUSH CITY, Minn. – An U.S. Army veteran used a gun this 4th of July weekend to safely rescue a young bald eagle that was dangling from a rope on a tree branch.

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Jason Galvin served two tours in Afghanistan. On Thursday, he spotted a bald eagle hanging from a rope upside-down in the uppermost branches of a white pine tree, about 75 feet above the ground.

Several other people noticed as well, and contracted the Department of Natural Resources, the fire department and the police department. No one could figure out how to get to the bird down.

So Galvin grabbed his .22 caliber rifle, determined to shoot the branch down. He cleared the plan with Phil Mohs, a conservation officer with the Minnesota DNR before firing.

“It was very windy and I was just waiting for the right shot,” Galvin told KARE.

Ninety minutes and 150 shots later, the branch finally came down.

After untangling the young eagle from the rope, Mohs transferred it to the Raptor Center for rehabilitation.

The eagle’s condition has been improving, all thanks to a proud Army veteran.

“It was a good weekend for it to happen,” Galvin said.  “Fourth of July, you know, that’s our bird. I can’t let it sit there.”