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The Hirogen were a Delta Quadrant race. They were primarily hunters with no identifiable homeworld due to their nomadic society based around hunting. The USS Voyager first encountered them in 2374. (VOY: "Message in a Bottle")
In 2384, the USS Expedition was recalled to Deep Space 10. Commodore Kenneth Basal expecting trouble with reports of Hirogen hunter ships amassing outside the system. The Expedition was sent to investigate but was fired upon as trespassing in Hirogen Space. Outnumbered, and outgunned, the Expedition surrendered on terms that they are allowed to prove that the Federation was not invading Hirogen space. After providing them access, and showing them the colony and space station, the Hirogen reluctantly retreated, but promised that the intrusion would be paid for. (Star Trek Crusader)
The next year, Commander Ashley Morgan used her Shadow-class fighter to overturn a Hirogen plot to amass an armada of 200 hunter ships to attack Deep Space 10 by planting 300 self-replicating mines in the area around the station. (Star Trek Crusader)
Sometime before or during 2390, a small group of Hirogen, influenced by Qu, changed their core values to that of meaningless murderers, broke off from their pack and traveled to the Alpha Quadrant. In 2390, they attacked Starbase 78 and nearly destroyed many Federation starships-- many, of which, happened to be a part of Task Force Epsilon. Afterwards, the near-destroyed ships from Task Force Epsilon were re-launched as different classes and convinced, by Captain Cell, to join the USS Phoenix-X in repelling the Hirogen threat. (Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "Into Harshness", "For the World is Worldly and Such")