They are not afraid of people in a populated area.
I own 8 acre's, all the neighbors have 1 to 5 acres, setting on the porch one evening and my little malteese 8 pounds had just been on the edge of my property line about 200 feet from my porch, a guy I know drove in so she ran to the porch and not a few minutes later (this was 2 hours before sunset) a coyote walked into my yard where my little dog had just been, my friend said what kind of dog is that and I turned and here was a coyote, we were talking loud and it was only about 150 feet away and it walked down the side of my house and just looked at us, I ran in the house and grabbed a .22 and went out the back door and misjudged the distance, I thought it was about 100 yards or more, I shot 3 shots all the gun had over its back, the coyote ran about a 100 yards and stoped and stood there looking at me. I have seen them in my back yard which is 800 feet deep, I bought a .223 since that day to reach out and touch them, the only good thing is there were about 12 to 16 wild cats, 3 lived in a ground hole accross the street, well in a month or 2 they were all gone.
There was a good storey on the maricle pets.
In the east I believe it was Mass a lady let her small dog about 12 to 14 pounds out to pee, they had heard coyotes howling at night, they lived near a bigger city on 5 acre's, she heard the dog yelp as if it was in pain, her and the husbad rushed out and the dog was gone, they searched the woods and every where, they could here a coyote howling not far away, after a hour of searching they gave up thinking the dog was dead, when they got in front of the garage they heard a whimpering, they called his name and he came out from under a parked car, they carried him inside and he was bleeding.
It turned out they surmised the reason the dog got away was that they had a shock collar on that helped protect his neck from the teeth of the coyote and they had that electric wire buried under the ground to keep their dog in, well the coyote was probably carrying the small dog by the neck with his teeth on that collar, when it reached the wire buried and tried to cross the wire buried in the ground the collar shocked him threw his teeth and he droped the dog and ran off.