Coyote's were introduced some years back by the DNR and have for a long time
been illegal to shoot unless you are given special permission from the state.
But the animal, which began migrating eastward from the western United States some 80 years ago, is now believed to have evolved into a new subspecies, known as the eastern coyote, that is larger and different from its forebears, the common, or western, coyotes. And scientists who have studied the history and habits of the eastern variety think they now know when and how the animals migrated and the routes they followed on their hegira across nearly half the continent.
NY Times - March 3, 1981
In Indiana, the coyote is considered a nuisance animal.
Indiana Code 14-22-6-12
Taking of coyotes
Sec. 12. A person:
(1) who possesses land; or
(2) designated in writing by a person who possesses land;
may take coyotes on the land at any time.
As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.
The Hunting and Trapping Guide for the years 2000-2001
A resident landowner or tenant may take without a permit, a coyote that is discovered damaging property; you must report the taking of the animalto a conservation officer within 72 hrs. The officer will direct you as to how to dispose of the animal. Landowners may take coyotes at any time on the land they own or provide written permission for others to take coyotes on their land at any time. Even though a landowner can toake a coyote at any time, he or she is still bound by the legal regulations set forth by the Departmen of Natural Resources. It is illegal to remove any wild animal from any cavity or den. It is illegal to disturb the den or nest of any mammal by digging, shooting, cutting, or chipping or with the aid of smoke,fire, fumes, chemicals, ferret or other small animals, or any device introduced into the hole where the animal is sheltered.