Recent Research on Coyote Diet
We haven't done any direct studies on coyote diet in Portland (though we want to!), but we can look to other cities to understand what urban coyotes tend to eat. In Chicago, coyotes most commonly eat small rodents and do not depend on garbage or pets for sustenance. In California, researchers found that garbage, fruit, and domestic cats were more important sources of food for coyotes. Coyotes are incredibly adaptable and opportunistic—their diet depends on where they live, what is available, and many other factors.
Learn more about coyote diet in Chicago here. Learn more about coyote diet in California here.