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.