It appears that coyotes are getting more and more comfortable around people, apparently having attacked some more kids in California.
Coyotes are starting to turn into a problem out here in Indiana as well; in an odd coincidence I saw one loping through the woods behind my house just this morning. There are running trails in those woods, and a lot of kids play back there as well. The comfortable nature of coyotes with people is one of the reasons that I carry when I go for walks with Mrs. Ahab – while I’m concerned about 2 legged predators, the reality of the thing is that I’m much more likely to confront a dangerous animal than I am a dangerous person.
I do agree with Uncle though; a 40 grain .22 in the head of a coyote is a lot less likely to upset the neighbors than a .204 Ruger or a .223 Remington R-15 VTR. If you’re really cool, you could use a suppressed 9mm AR at short ranges to do the same job.