A Minnesota state trooper helped rescue a bald eagle that was hit by a vehicle Sunday, March 20, on Interstate 494 in Eagan.
The trooper – identified by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as Paul Kingery – was able to subdue the raptor and transport it to be treated for its injuries. Here’s the full report that the Patrol posted on Facebook:
“Troopers are used to helping stranded motorists or lending a hand at the scene of a crash. Helping bald eagles? Not so much.
“But a trooper who came across an injured eagle Sunday at Interstate 494 and Pilot Knob Road in Eagan got creative and was able to get the bird the help it needed. The bird was hit by a car and had made its way to the shoulder by the time the trooper arrived. The trooper used his coat to cover and pick up the injured eagle. He placed it in the back seat of his squad transported it to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center.
“After X-rays, Raptor Center staff reported no broken bones but did say the eagle had internal injuries. They are optimistic the eagle will make a full recover after treatment.”