Coyotes predate livestock, especially the smaller species such as sheep and fowl. I will do my part to keep the prices of meat down. Crows can strip a vegetable garden in minutes; they also can decimate a pecan crop over a growing season.
So, in effect, they are vermin. Don't get hung up on eating what you shoot. That is a red herring tactic used by anti-hunters. There are several reasons for hunting, and food is only one of them. Some others that come to mind are disease control, domicile preservation, and physical safety.
You can eat crow, and I have on occasion. Coyote fur is superb for clothing.
I think we've all been forced to eat crow from time to time
Perhaps, if I am very lucky, the feeble efforts of my lifetime will someday be noticed, and maybe, in some small way, they will be acknowledged as the greatest works of genius ever created by Man.
- Jack Handey
With the urban sprawl comes a quandry. The coyotes are very adaptable, 100 years ago there were none east of the Mississippi. They now are in all 49 continental states. They predate everything from mice to cats to dogs to cows. They are not being thinned appropriately because people are afraid to shoot them in built up areas. There are more now than ever before.