But Hornoff wasn't a fawning fan. Instead, he would try to scare off the animal.
Because, as wildlife experts have known for years, when it comes to wildlife, fear can be a lifesaver.
"What I try to do is haze him immediately and get him to run and, you know, try to make him afraid of people," Hornoff tells The Dodo. "It's really important. The biggest issue is how do we co-exist with coyotes. They're not only found in the woods, but they're in local neighborhoods."
In Cliff's case, that's really in neighborhoods. Mostly because the people of Middletown and Newport had made him feel so welcome.