At the end of Trials and Tribble-Ations, we see the whole station swarming with the Tribbles brought back from DS9's excursion to the past episode The Trouble With Tribbles.

Everyone, short of Klingons, love Tribbles, and wouldn't dream of sending them out into space or, dare I say, blowing one up to assassinate Captain Kirk.

Yet by the next episode, they're all gone. And I sincerely doubt Worf could have convinced the entire crew to begin a Mass Tribble Hunt, no matter how blood-sworn Klingons may be against such cuddly creatures.

So, where did they go? Do any expanded universe books detail the mass migration of Tribbles off of DS9, or did Worf really devour them all in his raw Klingon rage?

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    They were transported to Klingon Bird of Prey..
    – user931
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 17:02
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    The crew ate very well for the next couple of days. Commented May 7, 2014 at 17:48
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    So it's solved: Seal the sections, remove all food, wait and give the remains to the Bajoran orphans - they deserve a little fury friend! And if it starts smelling funny, they can make a blanket from it. If Dukat were still in command, that's what he would do. The ol' chap had a heart of gold!
    – Einer
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 18:04
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    @Einer YOU try keeping a tribble away from food. See how well you do.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 18:07
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    @SachinShekhar The question asks about the DS9 episode. You're referring to the TOS episode when you say Scotty beamed them to the Klingon bird of prey. Also, the TOS episode had the tribbles devouring quadrotriticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). Don't recall anything in the TOS episode on them eating rice.
    – Stan
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 20:10

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Within the TV series itself, there's no further mention of the tribbles or their fate.

There are, however a couple of EU sources that may shed some light;

According to the DS9 Comic "Nobody Knows the tribbles I've seen", the maintenance crews collected them all up and then beamed them into space. Quark also claims that Worf went on a mad rampage with a phaser rifle (on the promenade, no less) but nobody believes him.

DS9 #014

Within the wider trek EU canon, we see that several of the tribbles escaped from the station and made their way to various Bajoran colonies (and eventually Bajor) in the story from "The Tribbles' Pagh" from Strange New Worlds IX

After threatening to cause another famine in Tozhat province. The Bajorans plan to kill them with "disposal units" until Doctor Bashir manages to synthesise a virus that limits their reproductive cycle.

Kira took a deep breath. “Bad. Dax says that there are at least a hundred thousand tribbles in the Tozhat Province. If they reproduce unchecked we’re looking at over a million within twenty-four hours. Trillions within a week.”

“I remember,” Sisko said gravely. “I thought the station quarantine was effective.”

Kira gave a short barking laugh. “It wasn’t. Shakaar has instituted a quarantine of Tozhat. We’re trying to track down anyone who entered the province in the last two days. All shipments of salom grass are being screened for tribbles. Elimination is a problem. We could use some industrial disposal units.”

  • Beam them into space? I mean I know they did that to the one, but it had a BOMB in it. I guess, at least, it's a fate better than being stranded on a ship full of their most fearsome foes. And I don't think I'll find a better answer than this either...
    – Zibbobz
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 19:43
  • @Zibbobz - Beaming someone into space (in an unconfined matter stream) would be an instant and totally painless death
    – Valorum
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 19:51
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    That's arguable...but this really isn't the place to argue the humanity of their methods.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 19:58
  • @Richard why would it be painless?
    – JMFB
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 20:32
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    @JMFB - Because they wouldn't regain consciousness after having been particalised.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 20:35

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