Real World Myth
Originating from Native American folklore, werecoyotes have been the subject of stories and myths in various cultures.
One example is that is the Navajo people. The creature is seen as an irresponsible troublemaker and its ceremonial name is Áłtsé hashké which means "first scolder".
Often connected to witchcraft, the Navajo believed witches can assume the form of a coyote and is considered an omen. The saying is that if a coyote crosses your path, do not continue your journey as an unfortunate event will occur for you.
Teen Wolf Myth
Much like their Werewolf counterparts, werecoyotes can shift into a canine-like creature with human characteristics. They have fangs and claws of similar size and design.
Malia and her mother's eyes flashed blue. It is unclear if the same "Werewolf Eye Color" rules apply for werecoyotes.
Like any shapeshifter, the werecoyote has enhanced strength and speed relatively similar to werewolves.
According to Malia's mother, when she gave birth to some of her power was transferred to her offspring. It is possible for the mother to take back that power by killing their child. (The Sword and the Spirit, Apotheosis)