Observation 121734: Amanita phalloides (Fr.) Link
When: 2012-12-31
No herbarium specimen

Notes: I found thess under the oaks next to the entry/ranger office. I took them to the parking pay-booth and as I started to explain to the lady what they were she rudely cut me off and said,“You’re not allowed to pick the mushrooms,” pointing to the sign. I explained (continued) that they were deadly and could potentially kill kids/pets/people. She told me to take them to the ranger. When I took them to the ranger he told me that I should have left them where they were as they were native species. I replied that I believe they may be invasive/non-native and asked if he wanted the specimens for educational purposes. His demeanor changed from pleasant/bored to pleasant/grateful as he pulled out his cell/camera and photographed them. I suggested they be thrown out – he told me to leave them where I found them, I added that they could be dangerous and offered to at least bury them. He suggested I “grind them up” before leaving them so they wouldn’t be collected. I ended up digging into the duff/soft dirt, dropping them in the hole , stomping them down and covering the hole, worried that this action may have the potential to propagate more deadlies. Hmm. Sometimes you have to ask yourself; What would David Arora do?
What is the proper protocol here, and what resource should I refer the park employee and ranger to if need be?

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