A bounty hunter (or cowboy, cowgirl, etc.) was a private citizen with the authority to capture fugitives for a bounty given by a law enforcement organization.
The ISSP issued bounties on wanted criminals throughout the Solar System, but individual planets, in particular Earth, may have their own police force to release and pay for bounties. Stations had dispensaries for the cash reward.
Some social circles frowned upon the bounty hunting profession as being violent and crude, while others are taken to its freedom and self-reliant nature.
Because bounty hunters are paid for only successful captures of fugitives, many cowboys have low-annual incomes and are forced to live frugally in order to survive.
Notable Bounty Hunters
- Spike Spiegel
- Jet Black
- Faye Valentine
- Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV
- Fatty River
- Ural Terpsichore
- Cowboy Andy