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The answer to this question depends on where you live, and how heavily populated with humans. Coyotes will act different when they are in close proximity to humans than what they would if they were left to their own devices, out ‘in the wild’.
If these creatures were far away from humans, for example, they would be much more active during the day. It is the fact that they are living so close to and, in some cases, even alongside humans that makes them take the cover of moonlight. Fewer humans are around when the sun goes down. Coyotes far away from people will hunt any time of the day, and if there are youngsters that need feeding, all coyotes will go out hunting for food at all hours of the day and night if necessary.
Closer to humans and things change a little. The coyotes will tend to come out mostly during the night, and also when the sun goes down and comes back up again. In all honesty, these scavengers are diurnal, so seeing them awake at any time of day or night isn’t to be taken too seriously. Just because they are out, doesn’t mean they’re rabid or sick.
For more information, you may want to read How to get rid of coyotes
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