In this story about residents of Tustin, California being menaced by coyotes, this advice stands out for us chicken keepers: "What happens is familiarity breeds contempt," he said, "The longer coyotes hang around people, they lose their fear and they start becoming more bold." "Basically you should never allow a coyote to feel comfortable around your home. You should always scare it off." http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/29/national/main20085765.shtml Professional exterminators have been hired to shoot the pack animals responsible for several incidents. However, not without protest: But some in the community don't want to see the animals shot. Organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and some Laguna Woods residents have said the city could review other options before reaching for a gun. "I love animals and coyotes are no exception," 61-year-old resident Bj Garnaus was quoted as saying in the Orange County Register.