I'm in San Diego, we have a small dog, and I recently put my game cam up in my backyard after seeing what appeared to be coyote scat on my lawn. At 5:08 this morning a yote showed up on my camera. Anyone know of a way to deter this guy from coming in my backyard at night, besides shooting him with my bow, which I am considering doing. We don't live next to the hills or anything. This guy has to travel a good distance to get to our neighborhood.
For starters... how much it'll help I don't know... but try urinating all around the perimeter of your backyard as much as you can. I know that if you want to stop skunks and possums from coming into your yard you can buy products that have coyote urine by-products in them that you can spread around the perimeter of your yard and they seem to help a lot with the possums/skunks. Also for the coyotes you can setup a free-rolling 4 or 6 inch diameter PVC/ABS tubing which is slipped over the outside of a regular piece of plumbing pipe that you mount at the top of your fences... the idea there being that it creates a rotating surface at the top of your fence/wall that they can't get a grip on to help with climbing over the top of the fence at the top or their leap up.