It's no accident that Native Americans revere the coyote as a trickster, and Warner Brothers named a cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. It's just observation.
This most clever of animals (okay, maybe not the cartoon one) has constantly confounded the efforts of humans to fence it in, knock it down, and wipe it out. Not only do coyotes survive in their traditional habitats, they have migrated into new surroundings, including Central Park in New York, among many places.
Dan Flores traces the battle between human and dog-like creature in Coyote America.