Everytime I see stories on the news like this I laugh. I see where people are freaking out due to sightings of Coyotes in the hills where they live. By they I mean Coyotes.
I've typed this before and I will say this yet again: People who live in hills live in areas where Coyotes, Bears, Mountain Lions, Snakes live as well as other animals. They are not coming into your area you are going into where they live. When animals go toward homes they are doing what is natural to them and that is look for food. There are steps availible where you can prevent attacks but again remember you are where they live.