What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear?
February 21, 2006 10:57 PM Subscribe
EndOfTheWorldFilter: Biologists in the house? What happens to all the animals if men were to disappear?
posted by frogan to Science & Nature (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm fascinated by end-of-the-world stories like The Stand, 28 Days Later and the terrorists plot in Rainbow Six. But I always wonder, what would happen to the flora and fauna?
Let's stipulate some facts: A science-fiction-ish worldwide disease wipes out all the humans in the course of a few weeks. What does animal and plant life on the planet look like one year later?
* Do pigeons and rats take over New York City?
* Do white-tailed deer take over Montana?
* Do feral cats wipe out several bird species?
* How long before grizzlies return to California and massive herds of bison return to the Great Plains?
* Do cod fisheries in the Atlantic return to normal?
* Is there any hope for the Florida panther?
* Does Australia buckle under the weight of all those darn rabbits with no natural predators?
Let the science run wild in our fictional thesis!