Local New Jersey governments made efforts to protect bathers and the economy from man-eating sharks.  The Fourth Avenue Beach at Asbury Park was enclosed with a steel -wire- mesh fence and patrolled by armed motorboats; it remained the only beach open following the Everingham incident. After the fatal attacks of Stilwell, Fisher, and Dunn, residents of Matawan lined Matawan Creek with nets and detonated dynamite in an attempt to catch and kill the shark. Matawan mayor Arris B. Henderson ordered the Matawan Journal to print wanted posters offering a $100 reward ($2,200 in 2017 dollars) to anyone killing a shark in the creek. Despite the town's efforts, no sharks were captured or killed in Matawan Creek.  The "Matawan Journal" reported the shark account incident in the front page of its July 13, 1916 issue  with another article about the capture of a shark in Keyport a neighboring town in the issue of July 20, 1916.