Coyotes can be quite brazen. I was gardening one spring morning and a skinny, mangy-looking coyote nonchalantly trotted right by me (only about 20 feet away) and barely gave me a look sideways. That started my heart beating! Coyotes are quite adaptable, even in the city. They hunt rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, and even deer. They also eat garbage, insects, snakes, and road kill. They can run up to 40 miles an hour, which doesn't give the rabbits much hope for escape. In the fall and winter, they form packs for more effective hunting.
I don't see coyotes often, but I sure do hear them!
(Photo courtesy of David Kingham, Flickr Creative Commons)