LA CROSSE, WI -

A motorcyclist is dead after losing control of his bike while trying to avoid a deer.

The State Patrol says it happened at 5:15 Tuesday night on Oakridge Road, about half a mile north of highway 27 in Jackson County.

The rider was alone on the bike, swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and tipped over. He was thrown from the motorcycle and slid on the road.

The rider died while being airlifted to a hospital.

His name has not been released.