Caller to NYC newspaper: Bacon in park before Ramadan was for animals, not meant to offend

NEW YORK — A New York City newspaper says it received an anonymous call from a person claiming to have discarded spoiled bacon in a park where Muslims had scheduled Ramadan prayers.

The caller said he was putting it out for seagulls and raccoons to eat, not as an anti-Muslim statement.

The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/O3kqjw ) said the message was left Tuesday on a reporter’s voicemail.

The caller said “It was not any … anti-Muslim act, and I did not want to offend anybody.”

The NYPD is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. It was informed of the call but declined to discuss it.