PHOTOS: Missouri troopers rescue bald eagle struck by vehicle

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol celebrated the efforts of some of its troopers who helped save a bald eagle after it was struck by a vehicle.

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The incident happened this week in Cape Girardeau, according to MSHP. Officials says the majestic bird was transported away by the Missouri Department of Conservation and is expected to make a full recovery.

The photos shared on social media gained lots of attention.

Some commented with lots of praise for those involved:

"So thankful you stopped and saved this beautiful animal!  and happy to hear it will be making a full recovery," said Shyanna TheLeo on Facebook.

"It looks big. You all go above and beyond to help everyone and everything. Hope it is flying again soon," said Bonnie Ryman on Facebook.

During the winter, the Missouri is an eagle magnet as the birds move south following open water, according to It's because the locks, dams and power stations on the state's rivers and lakes, especially the Mississippi River, keep some water from freezing and have a tendency to stun fish – eagles' favorite food – the majestic birds find Missouri the perfect winter getaway.

Some of the best areas to see bald eagles are the Bagnell Dam in the Lake of the Ozarks, Old Chain of Rocks Bridge just north of St. Louis and the Aubudon Center at Riverlands just east of West Alton.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: (Missouri State Highway Patrol)