A Cordeaux Heights motorcyclist's late-night run-in with a deer highlights the danger the feral pest poses on Illawarra streets.
Tim Johnson escaped serious injury when he hit a deer in the middle of Harry Graham Drive, Kembla Heights, about 10pm on Wednesday night.
After sliding off his bike and shaking himself off, Mr Johnson sat with the deer as she died.
"I don't know if the deer was always there on the road and I just wasn't paying enough attention or she came from the bushes, but I only saw her as I hit her," he said.
"My bike went done, slid in front of me and I slid along the gravel.
"The deer landed in the gutter on the other side of the road.
"I got up, caught my breath and went to see her. She might have died before I got there. Her head was bent back and her legs were twitching.
"Her big brown eyes were looking up at me accusingly.
"It was rather traumatic."
Mr Johnson's lucky escape comes after last week's police and council operation to catch and kill a feral deer that was loose on the Blue Mile in Wollongong.
Recently, another deer was spotted as far as Port Kembla beach and along Memorial Drive in Fairy Meadow.
Keira MP Ryan Park has called for the Illawarra to be named a priority location for proposed action to cull feral deer.
The state government is considering giving all gun licence holders the right to cull wild deer populations on private property in a bid to reduce herd numbers.
Wollongong City Council has repeatedly called on the state government to provide more funding to help it manage the deer population.
Mr Johnson said this was his first collision with the feral pest.
"My two daughters call the road 'Deer Way', because they always try and spot them but have never seen one," he said.
"This deer cleaned me up. Afterwards, I was back on the road and I saw another deer on the side of the road. It felt like a deer ambush."
Mr Johnson said he was glad to walk away from the crash with only a bruised hip and cut arm but was upset his beloved Kawasaki bike was worse for wear.
"The bike was new to me but I bought it off someone else and I had spent time in past few weeks fixing it up," he said. "It was only registered on Monday.
"Thankfully it is salvageable but now I have to start buying new parts again."
One of the lights is smashed, the handlebars are bent, the fuel tank has dents in it and Mr Johnson's motorbike clothing was destroyed.
He said it was not his first accident and he would definitely be back on the restored bike soon.