Coyotes (Canis latrans) have been part of Arden Arcade since long before any of us moved here. They tend to avoid humans -- smart move! But they hang out here because they are attracted to pet food, compost and trash. Coyotes generally help us by keeping the rodent population down and, hopefully, keeping a lid on our wild turkey population. Coyotes are usually not a concern. However, the Humane Society recommends keeping cats and small dogs indoors or outdoors under supervision because coyotes can be territorial.