On March 21, Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Paul Kingery rescued a bald eagle.
The eagle had been hit by a vehicle and found its way to the shoulder on Interstate 494 by Pilot Knob Road in Eagan. That’s where Kingery found the bird, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Kingery used his coat to cover and pick up the eagle and then took it in the back of his squad car to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. A medical evaluation showed that the bird did not have any broken bones but that there were internal injuries.
Fast-forward to today, Friday, April 29. Under the care of the professionals at the Raptor Center, the eagle made a full recovery and Kingery was called back on the case, this time to see the eagle safely back to the wild. Kingery got to release the bird back to the skies Friday afternoon. The release was a small-scale event, held on the grounds of Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center just north of Hastings.