A U.S. Army veteran turned to his sharp-shooting skills to free a bald eagle trapped in a Minnesota tree 70 feet off the ground.

The tree is near Jason and Jackie Galvin’s cabin in Rush City. Jason Galvin borrowed a .22-caliber rifle with a scope from a neighbor and opened fire. It took 150 rounds and 90 minutes — the rope was only 4 inches long, and conditions were windy — but he succeeded in severing the rope without hitting the bird.

The couple wrapped the eagle in a blanket, and it was taken to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center. The couple have named the eagle Freedom and hope to release the bird near their home after it recovers.

— Associated Press