Monday, August 30, 2010

Mushroom Hunting, a "Lethal Sport"

Wild Mushrooms I captured on Saturday

I just came back from a mushroom hunt a couple days ago. Today there are several alarming headlines on mushroom hunting. On USA Today, the headline is "19 dead in Italy's lethal sport of mushroom-hunting at night".

Reuters headlined its story: Mushroom hunter "massacre" claims 18 lives in Italy. Since these deaths happened in Italy, I suspect they were hunting for porcini, the very same mushroom I was hoping to find. However, I have enough common sense not to be wondering around in the woods at night. If I didn't fall off the cliff, I could be attacked by a mountain lion. No amount of porcini is worth killing myself by tumbling over rocks or torn apart by wild animals.

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