The coyote is a generalist because of their opportunistic nature, varied diet, and ability to survive in close proximity to humans. These traits can lead to conflict with people as coyotes will hunt livestock and small pets. Despite this, coyotes are important for the regulation of rodent populations.
Though they are much smaller than wolves at 22-33 lbs (10-15 kg), coyotes typically hunt alone or in pairs. Coyotes have increasingly been seen hunting in packs in areas where there are no longer wolves. Coyotes are proving to be more adaptable than the wolves they have replaced in much of the lower 48 states.