Are coyotes really as vicious as depicted?

Vicious isn’t really the right word. Their name comes from the Aztec word for trickster and it’s fair to say that coyotes are cunning and adaptable. They are a major predator of livestock in the US, killing more sheep and cattle than wolves. But that’s simply because they are a lot more common. Any given wolf kills 20 times more livestock than a coyote. Urban coyotes scavenge through bins and kill domestic cats, but the rare attacks on humans are more likely to be from coydogs, which are dog/coyote hybrids, and have lost some of their instinctive fear of humans.