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The Hunters (ochshea in their own language) are a group of aliens from the Gamma Quadrant. The Hunters pursue the Tosk, who are created for just that purpose, yet afford the Tosk a great deal of respect.
In 2369, a Hunter starship entered the Alpha Quadrant through the Bajoran wormhole in their search for a Tosk, who had taken refuge on Deep Space 9. Miles O'Brien assisted the Tosk in escaping from the Hunters. (DS9 episode: "Captive Pursuit")
In 2376, the Hunter Elshada led a hunt pursuing a Tosk who had sought refuge aboard the Even Odds. Elshada and his fellow Hunters later discovered the Tosk on the Eav'oq homeworld and killed him. (DS9 novel: Rising Son)
- A sketch in The Making of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gives the species name of the Hunters as the Drai.
- According to DS9 production sources, the Hunters were scripted to appear in "The Search" as members of the Dominion, but their role was cut from the final episode. Robert Hewitt Wolfe also established, unofficially in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, that "the same people who breed the Tosks as gifts to the hunters, breed the Jem'Hadar as well", explaining some of the similarities between both reptilian, genetically engineered species.
|Gamma Quadrant races and cultures|
|Aarruri • Alorex • Amaralan • Anndii • Aresai • Argrathi • Ascendant • Bekkir • Calligar • Changelings • Cheka • Chiaran • D'Naali • Dosi • Drang • Eav'oq • Ecocid • Errikang natives • Eunacian • Groxxin • Horgin • Hunters • Iconian • Inamuri • Innerol V natives • Jem'Hadar • Karemma • Kendarayan • Kendo • Lampusan • Merakordi • Nyazen • Ourentia • Overne • Parada • Prentara • Rakhari • Rindamil • Saltah'na • Sen Ennis • Skrreea • Stakoron • T-Rogoran • Teplan • Thepnossen • Tosk • Trelian • Uradi • Vahni Vahltupali • Vanton • Verathan • Vorta • V'Xaji • Wadi • Yaderan • Yentis • Yrythny • Zarian • unnamed Gamma Quadrant races and cultures|