As they moved closer they realized it was a bald eagle, that particularly iconic wild bird — and he was really in trouble.
A "limb line," a kind of fishing line that's tied to a tree, had been left unattended. The hook and line had become tangled up in the bald eagle's feathers and he was struggling to move. No one knows exactly how long he'd been trapped, but he must have been exhausted.
"The group worked together to remove the hook and entangled line from the bird," the Oklahoma Game Wardens (OGW) wrote on Facebook. "Once free, the bird was unable to fly due to injuries. "
So the friends knew that the best thing for the bird would be to take him with them. "They safely transported the eagle down river," OGW wrote.