Coyotes roam hills and urban cities. They're attracted to food left outside, as well as small mammals. Keep dogs on leash, and cats indoors. To not attract them to your neighborhood, secure your garbage, pet food, bird feeders, and compost piles. If a coyote ever approaches you: "Be sure to act aggressive and let the coyote know you are the larger animal. Slowly back away with your pet while continuing to watch the coyote."