In the Star Trek:DS9 episode "Captive Pursuit" the Hunter species does the following:
O'BRIEN: They're bombarding us with some kind of radiation I've never see before. Very rapid magnetic flux variations. (Whumph as the shields go down)
O'BRIEN: What the? They've reversed the polarity of our shields.
DAX: I'm picking up transporter locks. They're beaming on board.
They had no problem taking down DS9's shields quickly and beaming aboard the station. They also apparently had no problem finding Tosk almost immediately as they transported to the promenade and then went directly to the cell where he was being held.
They also had no problem scanning through any part of the station
O'BRIEN: The Cardies made these conduits from two metre thick duranium composite. I've never seen a scanning device that could penetrate it. (Flash of light)
O'BRIEN: Until now. (bang behind them so they get to an exit panel above a corridor)
My question is being that within a very short period of time and little resistance, the Hunters had no problem taking the shields down, beaming onto the station, finding Tosk, scanning through any part of the station, and finding Tosk a second time, why didn't they simply beam Tosk off the station.
After they found Tosk in the cell, they did not need to wait for Commander Sisko to release him. The hunters completely ignored every rule of the space station and practically attacked it, so I don't think it could be some respect for the rule of authority. The cell he was being held in was a cell of metal and a force field. It would appear that could they transport Tosk through the forcefield if they could take down the entire stations shield. It also appears that could they transport him through the solid walls since they had no problem going through duranium. It's hard to imagine that the force field in the cell is stronger then the shields around the station, but I'm not sure about that. The material that Tosks cell was made out of wouldn't be stronger than duranium, which I think is the strongest material the federation uses/knows of at the time.
Why didn't the hunters simply transport Tosk out after they had captured Tosk in the cell instead of waiting to see if they commander was going to release him?
For clarification I'm not asking why didn't they transport him after he was released as O'Brien tricked the hunter into walking Tosk into a force field, thereby giving Tosk a chance. The time frame I am speaking of is when the hunters first cornered him in the cell and Tosk was trapped behind the force field, before the hunter went to speak to Sisko.