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  1. Note that the article says that 11 other diners suffered from symptoms similar to those of the person who died; so, it was not likely to be an allergic reaction. I suspect that it was a case of undercooked morels. There was a similar incident at a wedding in Vancouver, BC, some years ago. Quite a few people became ill from raw morels in a salad provided by the caterer.
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    Is this a Bolete?

    Including a picture of the entire stem of the mushroom would help a lot for identification.
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    Cut it or uproot it?

    All of the scientific studies that I've read say that it doesn't matter very much if you cut or pull your mushrooms, although some studies showed a slight improvement in production of Chanterelles when they were pulled instead of cut. I always pull any sizable mushroom that's being harvested and then cut off the stem butt just above the dirt line, for two reasons. First, I get the longest possible stem for eating (most stems are just as tasty as the caps). Second, I don't leave behind any cut stems to show any competitors where the mushrooms are growing (the stem butts are tossed far away). For small mushrooms, like Winter Chanterelles (Craterelles), which grow in clusters, it's more efficient to harvest them by cutting clumps, especially if you use scissors.
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    Assuming that these are a saprobic type of morel, they probably won't fruit again, at least not in the same area where they have used up the available nutrients. If there is a lot of mulch around, they may spread to and fruit in another area that has not been colonized yet. Another possibility: they may fruit again if you add some more of the same kind of mulch that they are already growing in.
  5. A couple of hours in a ziploc bag won't hurt, as long as they're not exposed to direct sunshine.
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    Noob from Florida.

    Welcome to the forums; we've gained quite a few Floridians lately. I've never heard of a mushroom that was dangerous to pick up and have been handling them for over 50 years without any kind of reaction. They're much safer than plants like Poison Ivy, Stinging Nettles, or Giant Hogweed. Just don't let your dog eat them before you're sure of their ID.
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    Odd Yellow Shroom

    Both H. chlorophana and H. flavescens are listed for Washington state in "Pacific Northwest Distributions for Macrofungi", Website: http://www.svims.ca/council/distri.htm , along with several other yellow Hygrocybes.
  8. I wasn't sure whether they are annual or perennial; so I looked at the Ganoderma entry in Wikipedia, which said they are perennial. However, checking MushroomExpert.com verifies that Vermonter is correct. Therefore, the Reishi types will not be available in March in Southwestern BC or Washington; however, the Artist's Conk is quite abundant in our area.
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    Help ID please. Poisonous or edible?

    With Boletes, staining reactions can be critical for identification. Did you notice any blue staining after handling the mushroom? There appears to be a faint blue streak across the pores in the 2nd photo.
  10. If they were growing in clusters on buried wood and have a white spore print, they might be old specimens of Flammulina velutipes.
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    What might this be?

    That looks like Clathus ruber, a stinkhorn mushroom. I'm not familiar enough with them to know if there are other similar stinkhorns.
  12. There are several species of Lion's Mane mushrooms in the Genus Hericium, with varying lengths of teeth. The teeth are also shorter in young specimens. It is possible that the nutrients in grow-bags are used up before the mushrooms can reach maturity, which would also limit the size of their teeth.
  13. Any low elevation conifer forest near the coast would be appropriate. I see Ganoderma conks all over the mountains north of Vancouver, and the rain forest trails in Washington's Olympic National Park should be snow free (but not rain free) in March. You can find good terrain in any part of the PNW by using Google Earth, which shows popular trails in addition to access roads.
  14. As far as I know, all Ganoderma mushrooms are perennial; so, there should be no problem finding them in March wherever they grow.
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    Giant hedgehogs

    In a good year we might get several that size, but this is a bad year for all fall mushrooms.