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Table 3 Ranked models used to test explanatory variables (elk availability (elk/wolf), deer availability (deer/elk), and mean snow depth) for changes in proportions of elk in summer cougar diets over time, including AIC scores, ∆AIC, W i , and likelihoods, in order of performance, best to worst

From: Recolonizing wolves influence the realized niche of resident cougars

Model no. No. of variables Model AIC ∆AIC W i Likelihood
1 1 {Elk/Wolf} 144.0788 0.00 0.33 1.00
2 2 {Deer/Elk + Elk/Wolf} 144.1373 0.06 0.32 0.97
3 2 {Elk/Wolf + Snow} 145.2729 1.19 0.18 0.55
4 3 {Deer/Elk + Elk/Wolf + Snow} 145.4837 1.40 0.16 0.50
5 2 {Deer/Elk + Snow} 165.3835 21.30 0.00 0.00
6 1 {Deer/Elk} 167.8292 23.75 0.00 0.00
7 1 {Snow} 183.3962 39.32 0.00 0.00