Victim: 4 year old male
Victim: 14 year old male
Victim: 15 year old male
Victim: 34 year old female
On May 28, 2015, at approximately 1600 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a mushroom poisoning on private property in the 54000 block of Pinewood Ave. Sunriver, OR. La Pine Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist.
An initial investigation at scene determined several family members ingested poisonous mushrooms after misidentifying them as edible on a phone app. The mushrooms were collected on and around private property. The 4 year old, 14 year old and 34 year old victims were transported to SCMC, Bend via ground ambulance. The 15 year old showed no symptoms of mushroom poising but was also transported to SCMC, Bend for precautionary measures.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public to learn what the identifying features of mushrooms are. Experts will help with your questions and recommend field guides and other resources. Collect and identify what you think is the same species repeatedly. Some mushrooms change appearance dramatically as they mature or even in different seasons. Use multiple field guides. One picture is not enough! Read the descriptions carefully and when in doubt don’t consume wild mushrooms.