Coyotes naturally hunt rodents and small mammals such as rabbits or hares, in addition to being opportunistic feeders who may consume garbage, fruit or even insects. As such, coyotes do not look at humans as prey, and are generally afraid of us, although urban coyotes can become desensitized to human activity or presence. Coyotes perceive humans as being providers or resources they can exploit and it is common to see increased presence in neighbourhoods during garbage days or when garbage is placed out and easily accessible beforehand.
Coyotes do not pose a threat to humans and the extremely rare cases of physical contact are almost always as a direct result of feeding/desensitization. Coyotes have a weaker bite than wolves, foxes, most dogs and even humans!